Literary Alumnae of Wellesley. Mary A. Winston, '89 59
The Poet's Song. Mary Hollands McLean 70
In His Majesty's Service. Kent Rolla Bunlap 70
Sunset. Julia 8. Buffington 75
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One Halloween 82
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A Misunderstanding. 8. C. W., '95 89
Little Lydia's First Day at School. Emily Poole Baxter 89
Free Press 96
Book Reviews 104
Books Received 105
Society Notes 105
College Bulletin 107
College Notes 107
Alumnae Notes 110
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LITERARY ALUMNAE OF WELLESLEY.
"There was once a good little maiden with a beautiful fairy godmother.
Ah! did she wear glass slippers, and marry her sweetheart Prince?
Nay, whenever she spoke, roses and pearls dropped from her lips."
It happens at Wellesley once in a great while that a young- maiden may
brush away the gold of her hair from her wistful eyes and dream beautiful
dreams, and see wondrous visions, as she walks the stately college halls
and drinks in the ever-changing charm of lake and wood. Upon the
trembling lip of such a maiden that lovely fairy godmother, our Alma
Mater, lays her finger, saying softly, " Speak, my daughter." Then,
wonderful to relate, some of the beautiful dreams come true. For you
know a dream, to come true, must find wings, that it may bear to the world
its message of truth and beauty. So then, gentle reader, I, a humble
chronicler of others' shining deeds, find this a pleasant task, to tell of dreams
come true. Even in babyland, which should be also fairyland, the first
question of the eager little student in fairy lore is always, "Is it a true
story, mamma?" And what satisfaction is found in the answer: "Yes,
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my darling, as true as truth ; for that little maid's heart was gentle and true,
and her thoughts were loving and good. How, then, could her words fail
to be sweet as roses and pure as pearls ? "
I desire to state at the outset that this new field into which my adven-
turous pen has carried me is not entered in the spirit or fashion of a critic.
Here is to be found only a catalogue, complete, so far as possible, of the
work of Wellesley's young authors, the eldest of whom have as yet but
barely reached the mid-prime of life. As I read the various communica-
tions which have come to me from these sonnet-spinners and story- weavers,
I am struck with the thought that it is time some humble Homer rose to
sing their victories. For I am quite sure none of them will ever do it for
themselves. High in the crown of these seekers after fame must Modesty
be set, a glowing jewel. In every letter I find it. "I do not feel that I
ought to enter myself among the literary graduates of Wellesley." " I
prefer that you would not put me in your article where I cannot but appear
as a fine specimen of a fizzle," and so on. It can be readily seen, therefore,
that if our literary sisters are too modest to speak of themselves and their
work, their unfortunate historian has been forced to gather her information
as best she could from other sources.
Viewing as a whole the work of Wellesley graduates who have taken
to literature, one finds that for the most part they have chosen to express
themselves in verse or are prose short story writers. A few have published
books, but as yet no novel writer has appeared among them. Only one or
two' make literary work the business of their lives, most of them finding
time for the beloved writing in the midst of pressing home duties or the
toils of teaching. But that, in the sixteen years since graduates have gone
forth from Wellesley, literary work has already been done of which our
Alma Mater may justly be proud, I do not need to add.
I do not know whether Miss Mary Russell Bartlett was the first
Wellesley graduate to publish any of her writings, but as she is a member
of the Class of '79, Wellesley's oldest, she properly comes first in this
sketch. Miss Bartlett belonged to that favored band of gifted ones who
enjoyed the personal friendship of our great founder, Mr. Duraut. His
sensitive poet spirit recognized the kindred spark in her nature, and he had
great faith in her powers. While an undergraduate she took a college
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prize for a poem, and wrote a charming sonnet for the silver wedding of
Mr. and Mrs. Durant. After the death of Mr. Durant, she read a beautiful
poem to his memory before the Alumnae Reunion at the Hotel Vendome,
Boston. This poem is considered the finest of Miss Bartlett's work. It
would be pleasant to quote at length from it, but we have space for only the
following eloquent lines : —
"He spake as the beloved patriarch spake:
' I die, — but God shall visit you with good;
You shall go up, my children, and shall take
My prayer, my plan, my purpose for your sake,
Into your promised land of womanhood.' "
Since leaving college Miss Bartlett has fully verified Mr. Durant's
prophecy in regard to her, though she has been much hampered by ill
health. She has published verse, book-notices, and one story in The
Boston Evening Transcript ; verse in The Congregationalist, Independent,
Bric-a-Brac Department of The Century, and in other periodicals ; short
stories in The Woman's Home Journal, Sunday /School Advocate, and The
We come now in the modest galaxy of Wellesley writers to a group of
peculiaily bright stars, the poets of the Class of '80. No other class has
ever presented Welleslej' with such or so many brilliant and gifted students,
though several classes have nearly trebled '80 in numbers. Miss Clara Jones
was the first of the Wellesley alumnae to die. She was a writer of much
promise, and possessed a deeply poetic nature, but she did not live to publish
any of her work. To us of the younger generation she will be always chiefly
known as the subject of a tenderly beautiful poem written by her classmate,
Miss Bates, and beginning: —
" A soul of music and wind,
So pure from the gates of birth,
That how could we hope to bind
The rare and beautiful mind
To a perishing form of earth?
A soul of music and wind,
A spirit of radiant mirth,
A heart tbat thrilled to its kind,
A life with our lives entwined,
An ecstasy fled from earth."
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Another of the vanished literary stars of '80 is Miss Josephine Cass,
who went to God in the year 1889. Her versatility as a student and her
charming verses early marked her as one of the most brilliant members of
her class. She also found in Mr. Durant a faithful and inspiring friend.
Hers was a peculiarly sensitive and lovely nature. One of her classmates
writes of her: "She seemed in some respects like a sister of Keats, — a
passionate lover of beauty, drinking it in through every sense." Miss Cass
left a small cycle of rare and dainty verse, which she found time and strength
to publish occasionally during her short life, though she was a hard-working
teacher, and her ever-increasing ill health made life a grievous struggle to
her. Her poems were published in such periodicals as The Boston Tran-
script, The Christian Union, Springfield Republican, Congregationalist,
and The Cottage Hearth. A reprint of the best known of her lyrics will be
found in The Wellesley Prelude for Dec. 7, 1889. Among Wellesley
students of all time the memory of Miss Cass will be kept forever green ;
for does not each glad and triumphant class step forth from its Alma Mater
into the great busy world with the words of her " Alumnee Song" upon its
Mrs. Marion Pelton Guild wrote charmingly as an undergraduate, and
her career promised to be one of the most successful after her leaving college.
Illness, however, both of herself and others of her family, have marred to
some extent the fulfillment of those early hopes. " But fortunately," she
herself adds, in speaking of this subject, " I have learned that there is some-
thing which lies beyond letters, and that is life." Mrs. Guild's pen has not
been entirely idle in the years since her graduation. She has done knightly
service for her beloved Alma Mater. She has written a historical sketch of
the first fourteen years of Wellesley College, which was published by the
Bureau of Education at Washington in its " History of Higher Education in
Massachusetts." The year after Mr. Durant died, Mrs. Guild delivered the
memorial oration at the Alumnae Eeunion, which was afterwards published in
a little volume with Miss Bartlett's beautiful sonnets. Mrs. Guild also
wrote the first Commencement Poem read at Wellesley, in 1884. She has
written articles on Wellesley for The Boston Transcript and The Outlook.
She has also had verses and stories published in various periodicals, notably
The Andover Bevieiv. But if one may be privileged to take a peep into a
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little budget of unpublished verse by Mrs. Guild, the property of one of her
classmates now, one may realize more clearly the charm of this beautiful
woman's poetic nature. One of these hidden jewel-lyrics, called " Red Roses,"
is especially lovely.
"I know the sorrow, the gloom, and pain
Of the world to a soul untried, —
That my buds will wither, nor bloom again,
If the gate be opened wide.
But I cry for freedom, for love, for life !
For the real that conquers the dream !
And I know that there, in the heart of the strife,
The victor's banners gleam.
So I break the barrier, and fly with Fate
To the red, red roses beyond the gate! "
Miss Estelle M. Hurll, of the Class of '82, is a busy writer at present,
and she makes literary work the chief occupation of her life. She is a
regular contributor to The Congregationalist, The Epworth Herald, Art
Interchange, Jenness- Miller Monthly, and Far and Near. She has con-
tributed likewise to The Decorator and Furnisher, Art Amateur, New
England Magazine, and Poet Lore. Miss Hurll's subjects have nearly
always been in the line of art or literary criticism, though sometimes, as in
the case of The Epworth Herald, she writes practical, ethical discourses.
Miss Hurll has also written a book, which the Joseph Knight Publishing Co.,
of 196 Summer Street, Boston, are just publishing at the present time. The
volume is entitled "Child Life in Art," and is illustrated with twenty-five
half-tone cuts. All Wellesley students should see this beautiful work of
Miss Hurll's, which will surely have a long and successful life, covering as it
does an almost untouched field hitherto. Miss Hurll is now engaged by
Houghton, Mifflin & Co. for the editorial revision of an important and well-
known work on Art in five volumes. When this is done she expects to go
on to other work based on the study of the old Masters.
For several years before her marriage the pen of Mrs. Lily Rice Fox-
croft did excellent work for various religious and household periodicals.
Her short stories and housekeeping hints were always marked by a vigorous
and pithy style, which found for them an ever-open, steady market.
Miss Anna Robertson Brown, of '83, who has since taken a doctor's
•degree at the University of Pennsylvania, has done considerable literary
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work of value since she left Wellesley. Her work bears a graceful polish of
style, besides showing a remarkable versatility. She has published poems,
essays, stories, one or two pieces of music, occasional musical criticisms,
several Early English studies, a set of translations from the Anglo-Saxon,
and practical literary papers. Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., of New York and
Boston, have issued two booklets of Miss Brown's, called, "What Is Worth
While," and "The Victory of Our Faith." Miss Brown has published
charming ballads in The St. Nicholas, and her Early English studies were
printed in Poet Lore.
Unlike most young writers, who enter the field first with the small fry
of literature, and by and by gain courage to approach the public with a book,
Miss Helen J. Sanborn, of '84, came out first with a volume, and a very in-
teresting one, too. It is a work of travel, called, "A Winter in Central
America and Mexico," and was published in the spring of 1886, by Lee &
Shepard, Boston. It has sold very well, for the first edition was soon ex-
hausted, and the demand for it continues at the present time, eight years
after its publication, notwithstanding the fact that publishers do not usually
expect books of travel to have a sale for longer than five years. Miss San-
born received warm commendations for her book from the press all over our
country. One journal declares that her chapter on bullfights "forms a
description as bewitching in style and entertainment as the famous chariot
race of ' Ben Hur.'" During the past winter Miss Sanborn has published a
series of letters of travel, with the title "A Trip on the Mediterranean," in
The Somerville Citizen.
Miss Jessie Reid, of the Class of '84, may be said to be engaged in
literary work, for she handles many manuscripts during the course of a year.
Though none of these are of her own production, she sees a good deal of
literary life from the publishers' point of view. She has a fine position with
the great house of MacMillan & Co., in New York.
The Class of '86 was a very bright one, but only one of their number
has chosen to write for publication since their graduation. Miss Florence
Homer has done some literary work of an admirable character, and it is only
to be regretted that she has of late almost entirely submerged her literary
ambitions in her desire to be a good primary teacher. The editor of The
Outlook desired her to become a regular correspondent to the Young People's
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Department of that paper; but she has not availed herself of the privilege,
owing to illness and school duties. Bat she has published poems, young
people's stories, and letters of travel in The Outlook, The Advance, The
New York Observer, Chicago Inter-Ocean, and Heathen Woman's Friend.
There is among the graduates of Wellesley a certain little lady with
pretty blonde hair, who wears smart Paris gowns and charming French hats,
— a little lady who converses with the most lovable Southern accent, and
thus veils the somewhat quizzical air with which she regards the world.
This is Miss Abbe Carter Goodloe, of the Class of '89, who was the editor of
the first undergraduate sheet ever published at Wellesley. After her
graduation Miss Goodloe studied and traveled in Europe, and on her return
began to write. Miss Goodloe has had sonnets in The JSFeiu England
Magazine, Vogue, and The Outlook. Some time ago she published a book,
which was a tragedy in verse, entitled " Antinous." In the periodical called
Short Stories two interesting and well-written tales appeared under her
signature. But by far the most interesting work that Miss Goodloe has
done is yet to be given to the public. She has written a volume of short
stories relating to the college life of women, which has recently been accepted
by Scribner Bros., of New York, who are to publish several of the stories in
their magazine, prior to their publication in book form. Wellesley students
especially will look eagerly for the advent of this timely and unique volume.
There are few, if any, literary works of value portraying that crucial period
of youth speut in college, though much literature abounds concerning the
life of younger scholars and of those who have just left college. Miss
Goodloe's book will therefore find an appreciative and enthusiastic market
among the many colleges of our land which admit women.
Of the Class of '90, Miss Mary Barrows did editorial work on The
Congregationalist for some time after leaving college. At present her plans
are nebulous, but she is hoping to assist her sisters in getting out their new
magazine, The New England Kitchen, a sheet which is not only useful but
A competent critic, who was a teacher of both, has said that of all the
later verse writers among Wellesley graduates, Mrs. Kent Dunlap Ha>ler of
'90, and Miss Lilian Corbett Barnes of '91, have by far the most delicate lyric
gift. It is sad to relate that very little literary work has been given to the
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world by either of these young poets. Mrs. Hagler, whose graceful under-
graduate verses so often appeared in the pages of our College paper, absorbed
in her happy married life, seems to have decided that it is better to live a
poem than to write one ! Of this talented twain, Miss Barnes has accom-
plished somewhat more. She has written a poem fine enough to be published
in Eippincotfs Magazine. An exquisite song of hers which appeared in
The Christian Register we append in full, as it is too beautiful to cut down.
It was written after the death of her little brother.
Ballad-songs and hero-stories brave,
Nursery rhymes of rhythm quaint and fair,
Cluster round a little grass-grown grave,
Turn to violets there.
Water-babies playing in the sea,
Winged fairies flying in the sun,
Evermore shall float and wander free, —
Story-life is done.
Other hearts may call them as they pass,
Tell the bedtime legends soft and slow,
Silent stand I by that bed of grass,
Where the violets grow.
Wrens and robins chat and chirp around,
All the place is sunlit, every tree
Holds a lullaby of murmuring sound
■ Like a summer sea.
Does it hush the folded lids to rest
With caressing voice? O wand'ring song,
Through my silence waft thy echoes blest, —
Come and linger long !
Whisper words of childhood through the grass.
Heaven's blue hills hold music! Mine is done.
Heaven-born children call him as they pass,
Shining in the sun.
The two Florences of '92 are Wellesley's youngest literary children.
Of these, Miss Florence Converse, who besides being editor of the College
magazine did considerable outside literary work of high merit while still an
undergraduate, has been unable to continue since her graduation, owing to
ill health. A successful poem for Poet Lore has been the extent of her
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Miss Florence Wilkinson is privileged to show a very different record
from that of Miss Converse, for she has been a prolifie writer in the short
period that she has been an alumna. She writes : "My plans and aspirations
are simply to write, — stories, poems, a novel, — to write all I can, whenever
I can, and as well as I can." And when a young woman enters the battle
of life in that tone of voice, she generally succeeds. Miss Wilkinson served
on the staff of the Chicago Graphic during the Columbian Exposition as
literary editor, and published besides, under her own signature in that journal,
an illustrated poem, " For Remembrance," a serial story, and a comedietta
entitled, " A Game at Tennis." Miss Wilkinson's stories have appeared
also in Harper's Young People, in The Inter-Ocean, and in New York
Independent, and she has had poems in The Calumet Magazine and The
Chicago Dial. Miss Wilkinson had the honor of delivering the " Ode for
the Opening of the Woman's Building," at the World's Fair, May 1, 1893.
Her graceful lines were afterwards copied by many daily and weekly papers
throughout the country.
There have been special students at Wellesley who did not take a
degree but whose literary work is of interest, and should be mentioned here.
Mrs. Stocker, of Duluth, Minn., who was a student in the earlier days at
Wellesley, has since written the music of an entire light opera, which is a
success. Prominent 'among these specials is the name of Mrs. Delia Lyman
Porter. In 1884 she published, with G. P. Putnam's Sons, a "Calendar of
American History," which has had several editions, and was used a good
deal in schools. In 1891, A. D. F. Randolph issued in one volume five
short stories of Mrs. Porter's, which had previously appeared in The
Independent, Christian Union, and elsewhere. The book was entitled
" The Blues Cure and Other Stories," and has had, and still has, a good sale.
One of the tales in this book called " The Measuring Rod," was also pub-
lished by the New York Tract Society, and many thousand copies used.
Mrs. Porter has likewise published several clever stories in The /St. Nicholas,
Wide Awake, Congregationalist, and The Outlook. She also had an inter-
esting article in a recent number of Scribner's Magazine. Miss Annie
Scoville, for several years a special student at Wellesley, should not be
forgotten in this connection. She has written for The Youth's Companion
and other magazines. Her pathetic little Indian tale in The Christian
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Union, entitled "You Have Known It All This While And Never Told Us,"
has been copied and recopied far and wide in many American papers,
besides being issued in tract form.
I have left her till the last, because the Class of '80 cannot by right
claim her all for themselves. She belongs to all Wellesley for all time, by
right of the genius which is hers. Miss Katherine Lee Bates, professor of
English literature at Wellesley, is universally agreed to be far and away the
most brilliant graduate Wellesley has ever turned out. While still a young
student at college her power was recognized. She even then wrote verse of
so rare and fine a quality that she received complimentary notice from the
poet Longfellow, and as early as that her verses were accepted and pub-
lished by such magazines as The Atlantic Monthly. In the years since her
graduation, notwithstanding her incessant and overwhelming duties of
teaching, and her ill health at times, Miss Bates has been an indefatigable
writer. She has had considerable literary work in the line of editing books
for class use, entailed upon her as a consequence of the chair she holds
at Wellesley. Three such books, "The Ballad Book," "The Ancient
Mariner," and "The Merchant of Venice," have been edited by her for the
series of English classics issued by Leach, Shewell & Sanborn. But
even to this semi-hack work, our inimitable professor imparts her own grace
and depth of thought. Along this same line of work is Miss Bates's book
on "The English Religious Drama," a series of lectures on the old miracle
plays. This volume was issued about a year ago by MacMillan & Co., of
New York, and received hearty commendations from scholarly men and the
press. The Churchman says of it: "It is a pleasure to find a book so
scholarly and well-informed ; it is a still greater pleasure to find it in close
sympathy with its subject. The author outlines her subject with clearness,
and she lends to its discussion a bright, cheerful style and certain warmth
of interest which the reader is quick to note and enjoy." As to lighter
work, Miss Bates has published two books for young people. " Rose and
Thorn" won a seven hundred dollar prize offered by the Congregational
Society of Boston, and "Hermit Island" was brought out by the D.
Lothrop Co. Both of these stories are in the charming, sympathetic vein
that makes all Miss Bates's work so delightful. The Lothrop house also got
out a "Wedding Day Book," compiled by Miss Bates; and three dainty
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booklets containing poems of hers, "Sunshine," "Santa Claus's Riddle,"
and " Goody Santa Claus." Miss Bates has allowed her poetry to be used
for the benefit of various college funds, and two private volumes of verse
have been printed for this purpose, " The College Beautiful," a collection of
some of her earlier poems, and " Sunshine," a little sheaf of most exquisite
lyrics for children. As for magazine work, Miss Bates's verses have
appeared almost everywhere, and in all the best-known and most important
periodicals : in The Century, The Atlantic, The Independent, The New
England Magazine, The Christian Union, The Congregationalist, The
/Springfield Republican, Youth's Companion, and a host of smaller publica-
tions. The poem with which she herself feels most satisfaction is " The Ideal,"
published in The Century. It is fervently hoped that the time will not be
long in coming when Miss Bates may be able to gather together these
beautiful brain children of hers and present them in a volume before the
public. Her work needs no commentary of mine. There are none con-
nected with Wellesley whose hearts have not been stirred by the poetic
insight, the wonderful. depth and breadth of thought, the pure sweetness, of
all work that leaves her hand. And the best of it all is that this daughter
of Wellesley in whom our hearts feel most pride, our flower of learning and
poetic power, is still a young woman ; and when she shall be able to devote
all her time and strength to her belovod art, she will do yet more exquisite
and more wonderful work.
To the undergraduates of Wellesley, who will read this history and
who are conscious of secret longings to become recruits in the field of letters,
the writer of this sketch desires to make one suggestion before laying aside
her chronicler's pen. If the after life of these brave and gifted women, who
were not so very long ago joyous and hopeful undergraduates, makes
manifest any very striking fact, it is that far, far too often those youthful
hopes have been blighted or destroyed altogether by ill health. So, my
fair maids of Wellesley, if you would live to make sonnets, spend a goodly
portion of your college days in making merely muscle and brawn. If you
would have " roses and jewels" drop from your lips when you speak, see to
it that they first blossom in your cheeks and sparkle in your eyes.
Mary A. Winston, '89.
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THE POET'S SONG.
Many a song wrote the poet ;
Over the earth they went.
Toiled he early and toiled he late
Till life was spent
Dying, he lay at sunset
Under the glorious light,
And a gleam from the inmost heaven
Shone on him bright.
Ended for him the earth-songs,
The last one incomplete;
Death stopped the singer and straightway Life
Lay at his feet.
Out through the sunset portal,
Into the deathless day,
The soul of the poet passed that night
Swift on its way.
And the song he left unfinished ?
He learned in another sphere
The grander chords of the larger life
He knew not here.
He finished the song in heaven;
Its echoes fell to earth.
In the soul of a poet he could not know
New songs had birth.
Mary Hollands McLkax.
IN HIS MAJESTY'S SERVICE.
It is noon, Berlin, and in the Cafe Bauer. The room is full of fash-
ionable people, — officers, diplomats, natives and foreigners of distinction,
elegant dandies, — old and young, some gay and animated, some silent and
grave with ennui, some eating and drinking with evident pleasure, some
listless and bored. In a remote corner, seated at a table by themselves,
were two young officers wearing the uniform of lieutenants ; handsome
men, both of them, one fair, the other dark with a fierce black mustache,
but an honest, open face, good to look at. These were Rudolph and Karl,
brave soldiers and true men, but mostly remarkable for their friendship for
each other. They were playmates in their babyhood, and grew up together,
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sharing their toys and confections, their joys and sorrows, even in dresses.
They went to the same school ; studied the same hooks ; played their pranks
together and took the same punishment ; loved the same little girls, and
fought the same little boys ; finally, when they entered the army, they
joined the same regiment, and were comrades in all things.
To-day they have lost their usual high spirits. Perhaps it is the con-
tinual idleness and dissipation of their life in Berlin that has told upon them.
Rudolph, especially, is moody, and looks pale. He lights a cigar and smokes
in silence, but all at once breaks out impetuously: "Karlchen, I'm dread-
fully sick of this business ! I've done nothing for a month but masquerade
in uniform, dance and flirt with pretty women, lose money at the races, eat,
drink, and chatter about nothing. We're wasting the best years of our life !"
" Well, Parson Rudolph, what are you going to do about it? Put on
a black gown, and go to preaching? Pax vobiscum, Father."
" There's nothing for me but the cholera or a pistol for one, and a cheap
funeral. I suppose I must stick it out till then. But another year will find
me a moral wreck, if I do survive physically. I wish from the bottom of
my heart we were off to the Congo with those lucky dogs. There's life for
you, — something to do, at least; danger and plenty of adventure !"
"Yes," said Karl; "too much sport for my humble insignificance.
Lots of fun to have elephants walk on you, tigers play leapfrog over you,
and boa constrictors embrace you fondly ! This life may be tame, but I
prefer it to the society of the Congo Valley."
"The trouble with you," said Rudolph, smiling for the first time that
day, " is that you are in love with that American pig-killer's daughter."
" She is handsome and agreeable; but how do you know he is a pig
" O, because he is rich, and comes from Chicago. Rich Chicagoans
are all pig killers. Now, Karlchen, that American female barbarian is only
playing with your young and guileless heart. Do you suppose a girl with
a head of any sort would marry you, with more debts, almost, than the
Prince of Wales, and nothing but a lieutenant's pay? She likes your bright
buttons and your wonderful mustache, but she'll never have you, I'll bet !"
Rudolph, of course, does not in the least convince Karl ; but what is
the use to argue such a matter?
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"Rudolph," Karl says, " you are as blasd as Monsieur Lamarre over
there, miserable old rou6 that will never see sixty again. You needn't try
to make me have the blues, who am the flower of valor, virtue, and inno-
cence. I still enjoy my beer, and like to make love to the fair dames. My
digestion is as good as ever in spite of some discouragement. How much
did you have up on Aladdin, yesterday? I lost a cool thousand."
"Bah ! I have lost more than I care to count or remember. It doesn't
even interest me any more."
"Why, Rudolph, old fellow, you are melancholy enough to be a poet.
Keep in that tragic mood and you can recuperate your fortune writing
" I'm not joking, Karl. This life is killing me as sure as I sit here. I
am not made for this sort of thing. If I could only get back to active ser-
vice again, lead my boys in battle, live modestly and decently, I might be
something. What is there here to stimulate a man to do any good in the
future, or be a man in the present? We are a lot of dandies, idiots, figure-
heads to show off our clothes ; prizes for fortune hunters and women. I
shall be a disgrace to my family if I don't kill myself before it is too late."
" Come, come, this won't do. You aren't such a coward as all that.
You are doing your duty, and serving your country here as well as you
would be on the Congo. A soldier must do what he is told."
"Have we no duty to ourselves?" cried Rudolph. "Must I drink
moral poison and commit moral suicide that Germany may be glorified with
my poor body's strength ? A man should have a right to choose for himself
what his surroundings shall be. He alone knows what he can do, and where
he is strong or weak."
" What do you want, Rudolph ?" Karl asked.
" Oh, nothing now. If I could get out of this life and have a fresh
start I might be a man. But it's no use. I really think my career is over."
Karl was anxious and worried. Never before had he seen a man in such
a state of morbid melancholy and moral helplessness. Unless he could do
something his friend might really take his own life, as so many had done in
these circumstances. In an instant he made up his mind to a tremendous
sacrifice. Perhaps in later years he would bitterly regret this step, but
theirs was a friendship whose strength could not be measured.
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" Doesn't the Germania leave for the United States to-night?" he asked
"Yes, sir; at six o'clock, sir."
" Bring me some paper and ink, quick," he said, giving the man a piece
He dashed off two letters, and handed one to Rudolph. "There; we'll
fix you yet. Read that, and sign your name."
Rudolph's eyes show signs of coming tears at what he reads, but his voice
is all a-thrill with joy and gratitude as he stammers : "Will you do this for my
sake, Karl, dear, dear old fellow ? You shall never be sorry, if I can help it."
" Never mind now. Get out and pack your duds. You haven't a min-
ute to lose. Meet me at the station. I will send these."
"These," were the resignations of Lieutenants Rudolph and Karl from
His Majesty's service.
Three weeks later Rudolph and Karl are in New York City. It is a
warm day, and Karl is in bed with a fever, and cursing the heat with a com-
mendable zeal. He is restless, and tosses to and fro, making the poor bed-
stead groan. Beside him sits Rudolph, watching his companion with an
anxious, tender face, never once turning his head. The sick man asks
eagerly, " Has the mail com.e?"
" No, Karlchen, but it must be here soon."
Rudolph knows only too well what this longing means. This question,
asked daily ever since their arrival, has made him realize what his friend
sacrificed for him. He is thinking now what would happen if their resig-
nations should not be accepted. Of course they will be; but if they are
not, what then? Rudolph could not think further. His mind was dazed
with conflicting feelings. He did not know what he would do; he was
afraid to think of Karl. Was anything stronger than their friendship?
"Don^ look so solemn, Rudolph," said Karl, noticing his friend's
gloomy face. "You might have the horrors if you had seen what I did a
moment ago. The Devil came to me and made me sign a contract, agreeing
to serve me all my life in this world of sin, in return for which he was to
gather me at last unto that silent and pyrotechnic majority down below.
Rather a bad bargain for him, wasn't it? But when I asked him to abolish
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the German army, the old fellow threw the contract at me and vanished
with a yell of terror, just as you leaned over me with the medicine."
" That was rather cheerful," said Rudolph, trying to smile.
Just then a knock sounded at the door, and a boy handed Rudolph a
bundle of letters. Karl raised himself in bed on his elbow, and held out
his other hand imperiously. The thin, white fingers chose a long, official-
like envelope and tore it open. Then he fell back in a faint. It read:
' ' Resignation not accepted. Return at once for court-martial, or be announced
a deserter." Rudolph has its counterpart.
"Karlchen, shall you go?" Rudolph asks, some hours later.
"Yes, Rudolph ; I must."
' ' But you are too ill ; you can't stand the journey. You will risk your life."
"Don't, don't, Rudolph; you will drive me crazy. Do you think that
I will be called a deserter ! My father and mother would die of shame. I
must live. I will not die till I get there, never fear."
A great sob came from Rudolph, whose head was bowed in his hands.
Karl's face grew whiter still at the sound. He put his hand on Rudolph's
shoulder. "Come, Rudolph, you must go, too. You must go if only to
take care of me. I know I can't live without you."
"O Karl, I am afraid. What will become of me if I go back there?"
"Why, my boy, think of your honor. You afraid of a court-martial !"
Rudolph was roused in a flash. He straightened up, flushed and proud,
and said passionately : —
"No; not afraid of court-martial, nor of being branded a deserter,
even, but afraid of my old way of life ; afraid of idleness, dissipation, vicious
surroundings, and the ways of wicked men. I will never lose my soul for
the sake of men's opinion, not even my father's and mother's. But I will
give even my very soul for you, Karl. You would die on that long journey
alone. I will go with you."
The two men looked at each other, knowing then what friendship is.
One must yield to the other what was more precious than life itself. A great,
impassable gulf, the immeasurable difference of man from man, had risen to-
A week later they were on board the steamer. Karl had won : honor
had won, he said.
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On their return they were reduced to the rank of private. Karl soon
won his honors back, but Rudolph died before the year was over. Karl
erected a handsome monument over his grave, but no one else goes there to
mourn, for men say his career was one of shame. But who can rightly
judge his fellow-man?
Kent Roll a Dunlap.
The day hath been a dreary one, shut in
Beneath the leaden hemispheres of cloud.
"Life hath no wings," we said, "'twas meant to crawl;
Why did we dream, and try to send our thoughts
Up through gray doubts? 'Twas but the idle reach
Of hands which, fain to feel the upward lift
Of other fingers strong, and great, and close,
But touch their own reflection in the glass."
The clouds hang heavily above the trees ;
Each leaf droops, burdened with the sullen tears
It scarce can hold; the day frets o'er its bars.
A crack of light! The cage is riven apart!
Upon the western golden rim of day,
Which overflows with golden streams of fire,
There hangs a burning jewel, fierce and bright.
It bursts! Through upward-swinging gates of gray
We look on through a glory infinite.
Eye cannot shape the promise throned there;
We lift our heads and watch the gray-winged clouds
Flee, pierced with the splendor of a hope.
Julia S. Buffington.
THE COMPLAINT OF THE YEOMAN TO LANGLAND.
The sun had sunken beyond the Malvern Hills, and the last hints of its
glory were fading away. Already the air was cool with night dew, which
hung in gray mist over the low-lying fields. Copses, here and there, rose
darkly thiough the purple twilight, their upper branches outlined in sharp
relief against the pale sky. Close at hand, the blossoms of the hawthorn
hedges shone white through the dusk. Nearer still, flowering flag and
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fleur-de-lis, ranged like ghostly sentinels along the roadside ditch, nodded
their dim heads. A solemn stillness brooded over the landscape, — a stillness
which was not lost upon the man who came striding down the road in the
gathering gloom. Indeed, he had just been lingering, on yonder rise, to
drink in some of the peace of this beautiful eventime, and to let the calmness
of nature soothe his own troubled soul.
But while standing there he had seen a peasant crossing the meadows
ahead, and being in doubt as to his whereabouts he had begun to hasten,
that he might overtake the man and inquire of him. Soon the bushes by
the way separated, and from this opening the yeoman emerged. As he
saw the advancing figure, but a few yards from him, he placed his hand
instinctively upon the short knife at his side, and waited. Distinguishing
the stranger's clerical robes, however, he dropped his defensive attitude,
and called, in hearty greeting : "Ho, friend! This is a lonely way ; shall
we fare it together ?"
"Right gladly, brother," was the response; "though, perchance, it be
not for long. Is Surratt village far distant?"
" Not far," replied the yeoman. " I am bound thither."
The two men talked but little, as they kept rapid pace one with the
other. Once a belated carriage whirled by them, brave in its array of
attendants. Although the yeoman doffed his cap respectfully until the
noisy party had passed, his companion stalked straight on, with covered
head, giving no sign that he had seen the gay aristocrats. The yeoman
wondered, but noticing the moody expression of the man by his side, he
ventured no questions.
At length, as they came into the outskirts of the hamlet, the stranger
asked : " Canst tell me of one Robin Wright? I am bidden to seek shelter
in his house," he added.
"In sooth, that I can," replied the yeoman, in surprise, " for /am Robin
Wright. Thou art welcome, — whatever hast brought thee here."
"I am Will Langland," explained the cleric, — " come from Wychwood,
on my way to Great Malvern. Thy kinsman, Jack Hood, sent me to thee
for tidings from the men of this town."
"Tidings there will be ere long," said Wright, " such as will not tickle
the ears of the lords."
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As he spoke, he turned aside into a short lane which led up to one of
the humble cottages. Langland, following at his heels, saw the door flung
open wide, and a young girl standing there. For an instant her slender
form was clearly silhouetted against the background of flaming logs in the
fireplace ; then she sprang forward to meet her father. But as she caught
sight of "Longe Wille," she shrank back abashed. At this, Eobin Wright
laughed long and loud, laying his arm affectionately over her shoulder.
"Oho, Sweetling !" cried he, "marry, if 'tis not thy brave coz, 'tis one who
comes from him ; so grant him welcome." The maiden stammered a shy
greeting as they entered the house, but she soon slipped away into a dark
corner, where she sat quietly all the evening. There she made a pretty
picture, even in the shadow, her clinging blue gown girdled at the waist
with silver, and her soft hair falling loosely around her face.
Her mother, a buxom, comely woman, bustled about to prepare food
for the unexpected guest, and soon had ready on the massive oak table
trenchers of savory flesh and rye bread. Both men ate and drank heartily,
their pewter beer pots clattering an irregular accompaniment to the few
When the meal was finished they drew their heavy, carved chairs close
to the blazing fire, and there sat in silence for a while. Langland's face was
stern and sad, like that of a man who has great and persistent thoughts hang-
ing about him. His shaven head and deep-set eyes gave a serious, almost
somber, effect to his whole appearance. This effect was emphasized by the
flowing gown of coarse, dark woolen which enveloped his gaunt figure. His
host was clad in green jerkins, with a jacket and hood of bright red. His
weather-beaten face was rough and brown, but it was hardly less thoughtful
than Langland's own. There were lines about the brow, as well as a firmness
of mouth and chin, not to be mistaken ; they bore witness that this man had
not only strong convictions, but the courage to hold to his opinions.
After an interval of quiet, Langland was the first to speak. "It is
said that the men of Essex are rising against the bailiffs and lords, that would
make them all villeins again. And surely thou hast heard of the rebellion
Wat Tyler has been leading?"
Robin Wright nodded. His black eyes glowed with feeling as he burst
forth : " What wonder the people turn at last ! They must speak for them-
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selves if the Church will not speak for them. Much better would it be if
monks and friars should cease from their inward contentions, and give voice
to the complaints of the oppressed. Much better would it be if the clergy,
now trembling and creeping before bishops and barons, would rise up and
speak for the people whom they are thought to serve. Do we give to the
Church every year twice the kingly revenue that these monks and priests
may live in luxurious idleness, unmindful of us? Do our offerings spread
rich feasts for them, that their senses may be dulled to the existence of re-
sponsibility? Aye, let them hide themselves deep within their magnificent
cloisters so that they may not hear our cries, but to thee I declare, we will
be heard!" The speaker had risen, and was pacing the floor excitedly as he
talked. Langland sat looking intently at the glowing coals, but he said
nothing. "Yet we cannot turn to the friars, for they, too, have grown hard
and pitiless. They are lazy and dissolute ; they lie and steal ; there is no
help in them. As for the clergy, when the plague was raging even they
failed us and ran away. Cowards ! ! " With these words the yeoman
brought his brawny fist down upon the table so forcibly that the empty mugs
rattled. His wife, in approval, muttered, "Yea; cowards they be !" while
she added a fresh log to the charred pile on the hearth.
Above the splutter of the green wood Langland's voice rang out again :
"We all have reason to complain, friend, but whining is useless and
wearisome, unless it tends toward justice. Who shall act as our judge in
this matter? When the avarice and ambition of the secular priests, the greed
and gluttony of the monks, and the dissolute idleness of the friars, make the
Church deaf to the cries of the people, then shall the people appeal to the king.
But now that our hope, the Black Prince, is dead, who shall aid us? To
Edward III. we could not go, for he was only an irresponsible, foolish old man.
As for the new king, he is but a child, knowing not yet his own throne. The
government is unstable, and torn to pieces by warring factions "
"Where, then, shall we look for judgment?" interrupted Wright,
fiercely. "Who will give heed to our murmurings? I know not. But this
I do know, — we will never tamely submit. The nobles who think to turn
us into slaves again shall find that we are strong in our own strength, though
we have not the aid of Church and State. We are not dogs, to cringe before
these proud masters ! "
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The yeoman's voice was hoarse with emotion ; his breath came in quick,
short gasps. The fair little daughter stole to his side, and slipped her arm
lovingly through his. "Aye, sweetheart, these be troublous times," said
Wright gently, "but fret not thy head over them." Then he went on, more
calmly : —
"It is true that we are better off to-day than we ever were before. For
although the long-continued wars and the frightful pestilence did cut off our
numbers, these afflictions ended by benefiting us. Now, by reason of fewer
workmen, wages are higher, and steadily increasing. Then, too, the same
causes which weakened us weakened also the nobles, so that they have not
been able to withstand our well-being.
"But at length these lords, who have seen us prospering whilst they
have been growing poorer, think, in their envy, to make us villeins again,
as our fathers and grandfathers were. They say to themselves : ' The guilds
of craft are waxing in the towns, and soon what will there be left for us,
who cannot weave, and will not dig ? We would do well to bring both law
and force to bear on. these yeomen, and make them again, indeed, our
subjects. Now their earnings they keep to themselves, so that we reap
nothing. Let us, thei-efore, lengthen their da}''s work, and bring them
under the yoke, that we may profit by their labor.' But," Wright went on,
"I swear to thee, friend, this the people will not abide. We are brave,
not alone to bear, but also to do. If we endure the mastery of these
nobles, we shall soon lose our all. Lawyers, with false sheepskins and
smooth words, will steal our houses and lands from us. Shall we dwell in
poor huts of mud and reeds, as do our brothers in the North? Shall our
stanch cottages be given up for hovels? Not while bold speech, and
bolder deeds, prevail amongst us. We shall hold our fields and dwellings,
our cattle, and the overplus of our earnings, as our very own. Aye, and
the day will surely come when no man may say to another, ' Thou shalt,'
and ' Thou shalt not.' "
" Then," said Langland, "we are agreed that the prophecy made by
these vain nobles shall never be fulfilled ; that men and women shall never
draw the plough in England. Wrong has ruled too long ; now let might
help right. There are great evils to be overcome, and there are petty
grievances to be remedied. There has, in sooth, been much of late to sober
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men's minds ; first, swords made desolate the country, and then the ' Black
Death ' followed, to devour what the weapons had spared. But the end is
not yet, and the worst will be still, if the nation remains divided against
"Only when protection is accorded to the rights of peasants, only when
the lords withdraw their demands, and only when the Church becomes a true
mediator between people and state, can peace reign. The day when these
things shall be true may be far distant, but I believe it will surely
Langland's words died softly on his lips. His eyes seemed looking
away into the future of which he was dreaming. Beside him Robin
Wright sat, with one hand resting lightly upon his daughter's yellow
locks ; while the child, kneeling on the floor, her head against her father's
arm, — was fast asleep.
Mabel A. Carpenter.
(Translated from the French of Arnault.)
Thou little leaf, from thy stem rudely torn,
Thou little leaf, all withered and sere,
Where is the haven whither thou'rt borne ?
Of that I know nothing, but naught do I fear.
The tempest hath riven the oak so strong,
Which hath been mine only abiding place.
The zephyr hath wafted me gently along,
Or the north wind, running his mighty race,
Hath driven me forth from my forest still,
Hath tossed me and whirled me o'er meadow and hill;
Submissive, o'er mountain and dale I roam
Since the day when I left my forest home.
Wherever the wanton wind doth blow,
Without a misgiving or fear I go.
And whither I go shall come, in time,
All the beautiful flowers of every clime;
Not only the flower of love, the rose,
But the laurel, that noble men have won.
All earth's blossoms go to that long repose
To which I am wafted slowly on.
Julia D. Randall.
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BESSIE'S RED ROSES.
It was a morning in mid-August. The sun, coming in through the
half-closed shutters, streaked the ceiling with broad bands of light, upon
which the shadows of the woodbine danced merrily. I could hear the low
twittering of the birds. I knew that all the outdoor world was sweet and
fresh, glowing with the silvery light which is reflected from dew-covered grass
and trees. I could almost smell the perfume of the garden roses, and yet,
the loveliness of the new day roused in me no answering lightness of heart.
I was haunted by a feeling of oppression, a kind of nameless dread, which I
knew would become very bitter and very real as soon as I was quite awake.
I tried not to think, and finding that a hopeless task, attempted to fix
my mind upon the little woodbine ghosts which danced about the walls.
The effort was in vain. Slowly the vague feeling of unrest deepened into
a consciousness of some great grief, and then I remembered that it was
but two days since Bessie died.
It was such a little time, — only one short year since the whole village
was thrown into a flutter of delight by the marriage of its fairest daughter.
Never was the building of so small a house watched with such tender, if
curious eyes ; never was a girl bride followed by warmer wishes or more
heartfelt Godspeeds. It did not seem possible that any sorrow could
cloud a life so full of sweetness and of promise ; and yet, in that one year
from the home which had been unbroken until Bessie went away, there had
gone the brother and the sister, and Bessie had once said, " If I should die
you must not send me flowers. Their sweetness has been spoiled for me by
When I went with mother for our morning walk about the large, old-
fashioned garden, the lilies and the heliotrope, even the glad, yellow pansies,
seemed to say "their sweetness has been spoiled for me by painful
memories." I could not bear to look at them, and had turned back toward
the house, when my eye fell upon a beautiful cluster of red roses.
Instantly there came the thought, these roses are for Bessie ; and my mind
was so filled with the one idea that I did not think it strange when mother
said, " Our Bessie should have this spray." As she gave the stem into my
hand I took it eagerly, breaking off one bud which was imperfect.
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So strongly was the mysterious conviction that these particular roses
belonged in some strange way to Bessie impressed upon both our minds,
that later in the morning mother consented to take them to her.
The nurse came to the door. She was an old woman who cared for
" Missy" when a child, and now for many long weeks had watched the frail
young life slip gradually away from those she loved. The woman's eyes
were full of tears, but when she saw the flowers her face lit up. She took
them jealously, exclaiming, "Missy's roses; how many are there here?"
She counted them with trembling hands, and saying, " Yes, just six," went
in and closed the door.
Late that afternoon we came together in the tiny parlors. The slight,
girlish figure was all in white, against which the red of the roses, which the
small hand held, seemed richer and more deep. The brown hair waved
lightly from her forehead as it used to do, and the lips smiled a little, as if
in sleep. The distance was so short that those tall young men, who had
been her ushers, easily carried their precious burden down the street to a
quiet cemetery, which lay upon the hillside there. The only music was
a soft trill from the birds, the only knell a noiseless peal from the harebells ;
and as we came away, the long rays of the sinking sun filled the whole
world with a glory of golden light.
Several weeks later the nurse called upon us, and I ventured to ask the
meaning of her strange words that August morning. She hesitated a
moment, looked at me earnestly as if to make sure of my sympathy, then
said: "That night when Missy died, as we were there alone, I heard her
counting to herself. She spoke softly, yet distinctly, and over and again I
heard the words, ' One, two, three, four, five, six.' ' What is it, dear?' I
said. 'What is it that you see?' And with a faint return of her old
radiant smile, she whispered, ' Six red roses.'" '95.
The morning of the thirty-first of October was ushered into the
calendar with fair, west breezes, blue sky, plenty of sunshine, and a general
air of health and happiness, as if it were wishing a cheery day to the world
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But before noon the gray clouds gathered over the azure, and the wind
rose in howling gusts, growing stronger as the day wore on ; by twilight
the storm-king was out in all his fury, and such another night had not
been known in all the country round for years. Men shook their heads
as they gazed out over the black waters of the bay, then hurried on to their
cozy cottage fire-light, and before six o'clock the streets of the little village
by the sea were almost deserted.
Only here and there appeared a lonely figure, buffeting with wind and
rain ; and soon even these had gone their ways, — all save one, a slight,
slender woman, against whom the pitiless storm raged fiercely, at times
nearly taking her from her feet. But she kept on bravely, past the row of
brightly lighted cottages (for to-night was All-Hallow's Eve, and inside the
good folk waxed merry over their frolicking, though all the fiends were
rioting outside) ; past the post office, the store, and the doctor's old home,
where he and his father before him had ministered to the physical ills of their
townsfolk ; past them all and out onto the dreary meadow that lay beyond
the village, till the little form was swallowed up in the great darkness of
The meadow was the pride and delight of the shire in the early spring-
time, when the go wans and the primroses carpeted it, and the birds
carolled over it in the sunshine ; and through the summer days, and the long,
long gloamings the young folk loved it, too, — loved to roam over it and rest
on its soft grasses when the day's work was done ; and many a time had its
ancient trees heard the same sweet old story told under their friendly
But in the winter, or when the fierce autumn storms raged, the meadow
was a different place. Then the winds swirled over it in fierce, angry blasts,
and the trees shook and quivered like wild things in terror ; then the
"blackness of great darkness" enveloped the meadow, and one out upon it
knew not where to turn, nor whither to go.
Here, the story goes, on just such a stormy night, one Halloween
many years ago, the minister's only daughter had come alone to try her fate.
Then, in the darkness, strange figures had been seen, and muttered words
heard even in the village, and on the storm-wind had come sounds of
wild revelry, which boded " naught of good, but much of evil " to the town ;
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and in the morning news came to the villagers that their young lady was
gone, — none knew where, — and then they knew that the fairy folk had been
on the meadow, and had taken her away.
"She will na coom back tae us," the old wives said, "till the nicht
when the minister himsel' gangs his ain gait on the lang journey ; then the
fairy-folk will send her to show him the way ayont the meadow to whaur
the ' many mansions ' be."
So the story had been told for long years ; and now, when all the fury
of the storm was hurling itself upon the meadow, when again the fairies
were at work, and all nature-forces seemed ready for some awful deed, in
the old manse on the hill above the meadow the minister lay dying. AIL
the house was silent, — empty save for the little group in the sick room, and
the one lonely watcher in the kitchen below. There was no sound but the
ticking of the old clock and the faint breathing of the sick man, save when,
at intervals, the fierce gusts shook the house. The hands of the clock
pointed to twelve, and as, one by one, the strokes of the hour slowly rang
through the stillness, the minister opened his eyes and smiled, — smiled so
gladly, that those who saw it never forgot that look as he said softly : —
" She is coming now; I can hear the footfall, almost see the face.
Yes, dear, I am waiting — waiting for you — but the time "
They knew where his thoughts were, but they could not see as he did,
and they tried to sooth him. Yet his eyes turned restlessly to the doorway,
and the intense, eager look grew stronger.
" She is almost here — almost — here," they heard him whisper.
As they bent over him, such a mighty blast shook the house that it
seemed as if no power could withstand its force.
Down in the lonely kitchen the old servant sat waiting, but as the
sound of the wind died away in the distance, a noise outside made her
start. A feeble knock, a faint voice calling, seemed the sound. Hastily
she opened the door. There, on the threshold, stood a woman, wearied,
worn out with the storm ; but as she tottered in, old Ailson gasped with
terror : —
"An' it's no yoursel' coom back tae us on sic a nicht, Miss Marget !
O my dearie, my dearie, my heart's ben sair after ye these mony a year, —
but ye hae but coom in time. The minister is waitin' ye, I ken, till he
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gangs awa' tae find the wife he loved sae weel. But, O my dearie " and
the old woman sobbed, as she held the slender figure fast in her loving arms.
"Hush! wait! I must go to him now;" and Margaret went swiftly,
softly to the door of her father's room. Quiet, silent, but the watchful
eyes on the pillow still gazed for the dear face ; and as she knelt beside
him those about him heard the low, glad cry, "She has come, — dear Lord,
I thank thee;" and the tired soul laid down its burden of life, and in that
hour of thankfulness went home to God.
Outside the storm raged on, but with the morning came the calm, and
down in the village the people said, "The fairy folk hae sent her back tae
help us bear it, noo the dear minister's awa'."
THE MESSAGE OF THE GOLDEN-ROD.
What dost thou come to tell us, lovely flower,
Lifting above the earth thy golden head?
That all the summer's children now are dead,
That they adorn no more our favorite bower?
That Mother Earth looks somber with the shower
Of poor brown leaves, that fall just as if led
By some mad impulse, some forewarning dread
That now will come a lonely, silent hour?
"Not so," I hear thee whisper, soft and low.
"I do not come to tell of death or pain;
But breathing it on all the winds that blow,
So that on earth the message shall remain,
I tell that this is only seeming woe :
The flowers sleep, but they shall live again."
Agnes Louise Caldwell, '96.
WOODSTOWN: A FANTASY.
BY ALPHONSE DAUDET.
It was an ideal site for a city. All that was necessary to perfect it was
to clear the banks of the river by cutting away part of the immense virgin
forest which had been growing there since the creation of the world.
Then, sheltered all around by wooded hills, the city would slope down to
the wharves of a magnificent harbor in the mouth of the Red River, only
four miles from the sea.
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As soon as the Government at Washington had made the grant, car-
penters and woodcutters began work ; but there never was such a forest.
It was rooted to the ground by all its branches, so that when they cut at one
place it grew from another. The wounds sprouted, so that every stroke of
the axe brought forth green buds. As soon as the streets and squares of
the city were laid out they were overgrown with vegetation. The trees
grew faster than the walls, which fell as soon as they were raised, thrown
down by the pushing of the undying roots.
In order to put an end to this struggle, in which the steel of axe
and hatchet was dulled for nothing, the settlers had recourse to fire. Day
and night a stifling smoke filled the depths of the woods, while the great
trees above flamed like candles. The forest still tried to defend itself,
fighting the fire with floods of sap aud the heavy dampness of its thick
foliage. Finally winter came ; the snow fell like a second death on the
blackened trunks and roots. At last building could begin.
Soon a city, all wood, like Chicago before the fire, stretched along the
banks of the Bed River. It was an immense city, with broad streets, all
numbered, radiating out from little parks. It had its Exchange, its
markets, its churches, its schools, and a whole maritime equipment of sheds,
customhouses, storehouses, wharves, and dry docks. The wooden city,
Woodstown, as they called it, was soon filled with the people who dry the
plaster of new cities. A feverish activity filled all its quarters, but on the
.surrounding hills, commanding the crowded streets and the harbor full of
shipping, rose a somber and menacing semicircle. It was the forest,
It watched that presumptuous city which had robbed it of its place on
the bank of the river, and of three thousand noble trees. All Woodstown
was made of the forest's own life. The high masts which rocked }'onder in
the harbor, the innumerable roofs sloping toward one another, to the
very last cabin of the most distant suburb, — the forest had furnished all,
even the tools and furniture ; its uses were limited only by the length of its
branches. What deep resentment, then, it treasured against that city of
As long as winter lasted no one noticed anything. The people of
Woodstown sometimes heard muffled noises in their roofs or their furniture.
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Sometimes a wall cracked, or a shop counter suddenly split in two. But since
unseasoned wood is liable to such accidents, they thought nothing of it.
When spring drew near, however, — a sudden, violent spring, so rich in sap
that you could hear it under ground, like the rippling of brooks, — the earth
began to heave, moved by mighty, unseen forces. In every house the
furniture and wainscotings swelled, and long ridges, like mole passages,
appeared on the woodwork. Doors and windows would not open ; every-
thing refused to move as usual. "It is the dampness," said the people;
" when warm weather comes, that will all pass away."
One day a great storm was blown in from the sea, bringing summer in
its vivid lightning and warm rain. The next morning the city awoke with
a cry of stupefaction. The red roofs of the public buildings, the church
steeples, the framework of the houses, even the bedsteads, were covered
with a sprinkling of green, fine as the mould on leather, delicate as a queen's
lace. Looked at closely it was a multitude of tiny buds, which already
showed the rolled-up leaves. This caprice of the rain interested the people
without alarming them ; but before evening tufts of foliage broke forth
everywhere, on the furniture and walls. Branches could be seen to grow,
and if you held one in your hand you could feel it swell and flutter like
The next day all the rooms looked like hothouses. Creepers climbed
the balusters. In narrow streets, branches joined one roof to another,
casting the shade of forest glades over the noisy city. This became alarm-
ing. While the scientists gathered and discussed this unprecedented
botanical phenomenon, the people crowded together outside to look at the
different phases of the miracle. The cries of surprise and the astonished
murmuring of all that motionless crowd gave a certain seriousness to the
strange occurrence. Suddenly some one cried, "Look at the forest!"
With terror the people saw that in the last two days the green semicircle
had come much nearer. The forest seemed to be descending toward the
city. A whole advance guard of briars and creepers stretched out as far as
the first houses of the suburbs.
Then Woodstown began to understand, and to be frightened. Evi-
dently the forest was coming to regain its place on the bank of the river ;
and its trees, felled, dispersed, transformed, were making their escape to
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go before it. How could the invasion be resisted? Fire would be liable to
burn the whole town. Of what use, too, were axes against that sap, which
was always being renewed, and those monstrous roots, attacking the earth
beneath, and those millions of flying seeds, which germinated when they
were broken and sent up a tree wherever they fell ?
Still, everyone set bravely to work with scythes, harrows, and axes,
and soon cut away an immense quantity of brush. But in vain they toiled.
From hour to hour the entangled thickets of the virgin forest, where the net-
work of creepers joins the gigantic treetops, took possession of the streets
ofWoodstown. Insects and reptiles invaded the city. There were nests
in all corners, and great fluttering of wings, and knots of little chattering
beaks. In one night the granaries of the city were emptied by the newly
hatched broods. Then, like a grim jest in the midst of all this disaster,
butterflies of all sizes and colors flew to the bunches of bloom ; and provi-
dent bees, searching for safe hives in the hollows of those quick-sprung
trees, laid their honey-combs, like a proof of the forest's long standing.
In the noisy billows of foliage the heavy strokes of axes were vaguely
heard ; but on the fourth day everyone saw that all work was impossible.
The grass was too high and thick. Clinging creepers fastened to the arms
of the woodcutters and bound them down. Moreover, the houses had become
uninhabitable ; the furniture, covered with leaves, had lost all form. The
ceilings fell, pierced by the lances of yuccas and the tall shafts of mahogany
trees; and instead of roofs, towered immense domes of catalpas. That was
the end. There was nothing left but flight.
Through the network of plants and branches, which wove themselves
closer and closer, the panic-stricken people of Woodstown rushed toward
the river, with all the riches and precious things they could carry. But it
was almost impossible to gain the river-side. There were no wharves left ;
nothing but immense reeds. The dry docks, where the lumber for ship-
building was stored, had given place to pine groves ; and in the harbor, full
of flowers, the new ships rode like green islands. Fortunately the people
found several ironclads ; they crowded on board for refuge, and watched
the old forest victoriously join the new.
Little by little the tree-tops interlocked, and, under the sunny blue
heaven, the enormous mass of foliage reached from the river banks to the
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distant horizon. Not a trace was left of the city, — not a roof or a wall.
From time to time far echoes of the last-falling ruins, or of the axe of some
maddened woodcutter, sounded through the depths of the forest. Then
nothing remained but the tremulous, murmurous, musical silence of the
forest, the clouds of white butterflies dancing over the deserted river, and
far away, toward the open sea, a fleeting ship, with three great green trees
in the midst of its canvas, carrying the last emigrants from what had been
Florence McM. Painter.
Came the West Wind, careless rover,
Came and lightly kissed the rose.
No one knows,
No one knows the whole world over
Why she turned her head away ;
Turned, his coming would not greet,
When the West Wind kissed her sweet.
Then the West Wind, reckless lover,
Lightly, lightly shook the rose.
No one knows
How, dismayed, he sighed above her;
For her petals, one by one,
Fell, down-dropping strewn they lay;
Then the West Wind stole away.
S. C. W., '95.
LITTLE LYDIA'S FIRST DAY AT SCHOOL.
It was a bright morning in early June when little Lydia gayly started
out for her first day in school. The happiest little maid in all the world was
she as she walked along by the side of her grave twelve-year-old sister Eunice
to the sage brown schoolhouse just across the tiny silver stream from her
father's farm. It had been the dream of her life to go there. The dim, low
room, and the rows of battered desks with their rude carvings, had for her a
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No wonder, then, that her tight, yellow braids fairly danced about under
her broad sunbonnet. Her feet, so finely dressed in her best white stockings
and in her one pair of shoes, could hardly be expected to trudge calmly on„
The sun shone brightly on her plump, bare arms and stiffly starched "tire,"
while her crisp, beruffled pantalettes had continually to be stroked and patted
to keep them properly down. But if her tidy little person itself showed
delight, it was nothing to the joy that darted here and there on the small face
within the broad-rimmed sunbonnet, as if it could only find its true expres-
sion in the smiling eyes and merry lips of. children. Onward the sisters
trudged, eager Lydia hardly stooping to pick a buttercup as she hastily sped
away, leaving an aching mother's heart at home.
In the sunken, poplar-shaded porch the mother stood watching her fast-
disappearing baby. For many days she had known that it was now time that
Lydia went to school. Little Lydia herself begged every morning to go.
But none the less, now that the baby had really gone, the loss came to her
with all the force of a fresh grief. Lydia was her joy and her fear. Her
fear, because the child's father, a worthy elder, had serious doubts as to
whether the little Lydia, with her beauty-loving nature, were really a " child
of election." Indeed, in her passionate love for music he saw only an in-
stance of that depravity which had led men to put into their meeting-houses
" boxes of ungodly whistles," as if their noise could be acceptable to God.
As the mother's own life had been one long struggle against her love of
beauty and her own light-hearted disposition, she alone understood the long-
ing in her child's nature. Her husband had once said her own sin of levity
was being visited upon the next generation. Perhaps it was true. So from
the time of Lydia's sunny babyhood until only yesterday, when the little
maid had rushed in from play to have a scratched place kissed well, there had
been a perfect understanding between mother and daughter. With sad
thoughts of her loneliness and fears for the baby's future, the mother watched
the little figure until it disappeared. Then, slowly turning, she went back to
her hard, dreary work.
Two hours dragged slowly on. Meanwhile Lydia was tired enough of
school. At first it had all been great fun. With dignity she had taken oft'
her bonnet and hung it on a nail. Then she had been placed with a " seat-
mate " in the back row, while Eunice had gone to the first form with the big
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girls. For a time she had listened attentively to the class reciting from the
Westminster Primer such charming and instructive couplets as
"In Adam's fall we sinned all,"
" Zaccheus he did climb a tree
For his Lord to see."
Very soon, however, she grew tired and thirsty. It was so warm there. The
sharp elbows of the seatmate kept sticking into her. The children's monot-
onous reciting made her drowsy. Her shoes, too, were uncomfortable, and
her stiff "tire" scratched her neck. Outside the birds sang to her of sweet
clover fields, and the brook babbled of shady willow nooks, where cool waters
would bathe her aching little feet if only she would come to them.
If all these things had not persuaded her to play truant, I am sure the
next thought would have. It was Wednesday, the very day when her
mother made ginger cookies. Surely they never could be made without her
help, and then, too, she would lose her " gingerman," which she always
baked for herself. In another moment Lydia had slipped from her seat and
was running home, filled with the unselfish desire to help her mother.
In the big kitchen the mother was just putting the last pan of cakes into
the huge, brick oven, when she was suddenly seized about the neck and
kissed again and again by Lydia's warm, red lips. It was so good to feel
those kisses on her tired cheek, that I think the mother would never have
come to any sense of her daughter's wickedness had she not heard her
husband calling sternly to her, ' ' Mehetabel ! " Little Lydia, however, knew
well enough what it all meant, and, with another hug, was gone. A moment
later the father himself appeared, and demanded Lydia. He had seen the
truant cross the meadow to the house. Tremblingly the mother said that she
did not know where the child was. It was not long, however, before the
father found her himself, curled up in the trundle-bed, which in the daytime
was always rolled under the big four-poster.
Apparently unmoved by the pathetic little figure, he rather roughly
helped her out. Then leading her into the kitchen, he made her take off her
shoes and stockings. That done, he said severely, "Come with me." With
one timid glance little Lydia tremblingly put her tiny hand into her father's
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great brown one. Straight on he led her, not by the road, but straight ahead
down to the brook's edge. Hesitating for an instant the child gazed into her
father's face, as if to ask him what was to happen. Yet with childlike confi-
dence she allowed herself to be led on through the shallow water, up the
bank, even to the schoolhouse. Then Lydia showed that she too was in part,
at least, a true daughter of her Puritan father. Not once did she murmur or
beg to be spared the humiliation of entering as a wet, bedraggled truant, the
room into which she so shortly before had stepped in almost regal state.
Through the narrow hall they passed, and in a moment entered the school-
At first the surprised scholars stared in a dazed way at the two in the
door. Soon, however, a coarse laugh burst from the rude country boys.
One great fellow, in a voice hoarse with laughter, roared out, ' ' Ain't she a
pretty one ! " Only the quivering lips and one bright tear, that, splashing
down on her "tire" ruffle, left a limp spot there, betrayed the poor child's
shame. The girls, too, looked critically at her. Her sister Eunice, so like
her father, looked stern and pitiless. Her immovable father, with his coarser
perceptions, never for an instant realized what torture he was inflicting on his
sensitive little daughter. Only the patient mother, as she stood in the door-
way and strained to see all she could, felt, as she saw her husband leave the
school alone, that her poor baby had had too severe a punishment. With a
low cry for her darling's sake, such as even the baby herself would have been
too proud to utter, the mother turned again into the lonely house. Well
she knew that once having undergone such a humiliation, little Lydia could
never again be the same joyous baby. "Perhaps, however," the mother
whispered softly, " she may have a better chance of becoming a true ' heir of
grace,' for through sorrow we are all made perfect."
Emily Poole Baxter.
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Once more we wish to bring to the notice of our readers the advertise-
ment department of the Magazine, which we fear has not heretofore received
all the attention it merits. We are forced to this conclusion by the state-
ments of several old advertisers, who say that, to their knowledge, they have
received little return from their investments. Now, we may infer from this
one of two things : either our readers have not patronized the advertisers, or
they have failed to mention the Magazine when they have made purchases.
We think the latter the correct inference, since those firms who give student
discount, and thus know who their purchasers are, have offered no complaint.
This department should be of interest to every Wellesley girl. In the
first place, it is only by means of these advertisements that we are able to
offer the Magazine at the present terms. Secondly, it was our intention to
make these advertising pages a sort of shopping guide, especially for those
who are not acquainted with Boston stores, and for this reason the Magazine
aims to advertise only the most reliable firms.
Those who patronize the Magazine ought, other things being equal, to
be patronized by its readers, and we wish to ask the co-operation of the
individual Wellesley girls in this matter, since on that the success of the
Magazine depends. We ask them, therefore, to. examine the advertisements
carefully, and, when possible, to trade with the firms whose names appear ;
also to mention the Magazine when making purchases, since only in this way
our patrons may know that their advertisement has been noticed.
The news of the death of Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes carried with it
a sense of personal loss to many readers, who, through his works, had learned
to know and love him. The genial Autocrat, the witty Philosopher, and
the sympathetic Poet will long be mourned by those who have listened to
his voice "at the Breakfast Table" and "Over the Teacups." Cover-
ing a wide range of subjects, his talks abounded in insight, and bubbled
over with healthful fun. His jests were never malicious, and his satire was
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never bitter. He touched upon human failings without awakening resent-
ment; he was the keenest of critics, — and yet the most gracious. We
think of him as an observant, cultured friend, — a man of versatile gifts.
Physician, philosopher, novelist, poet, lecturer, and scholar, in one, —
he was an illustrious representative of intellectual New England. What-
ever he did was done with brilliancy and finish. Although marvel ously
quick, his mind was accurate and retentive. His conversation sparkled with
wit, bright, clean, and cheerful.
Still, underneath the surface ripples of humor, there flowed a steady
current of deep thought. His stories, notably "Elsie Venner," bear
witness to his serious psychological investigations ; they are both powerful
and interesting. Furthermore, for thirty-five years he filled the chair of
anatomy and physiology in the Harvard Medical School, where he won
distinction and honor in his profession.
Born in Cambridge, Dr. Holmes belonged not only to " Old Boston,"
but to what he himself was pleased to term "the Brahmin caste" in New
England. Because of his pride in his native city and in his Puritan ances-
try, he has often been called an aristocrat, and man of the world. His,
however, was an aristocracy of high breeding and kindly manners, — a
world of the noblest things in life and art.
His real nature, simple and unaffected, showed itself at its best in his
verse. Such poems as "The Chambered Nautilus," "The Last Leaf," and
"Under the Violets," with its lines on "her little mourners clad in
black, " — the crickets who are to pipe a mass for the dead maiden below, —
give him a foremost place among our poets. His song rings with the true
lyrical quality ; it is the spontaneous outburst of a serene and sunny spirit.
Dr. Holmes was the last of a noteworthy group of American authors
who have earned enduring fame. The words of Emerson, Hawthorne,
Longfellow, Lowell, and Holmes constitute the richest legacy which has
ever fallen to this new nation. It is a significant fact that these men stood
apart from, and above, the younger generation of writers ; it is a sad fact that
they seem to have no successors. And now the question arises, " What is
to be the future of our literature ? " Although the field is thronging with
workers, there seem to be "no prophets in their midst." The spirit of
this restless, hurried age is against that writing which should be "too great
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for haste, too high for rivalry." We can only hope that the promise
which is daily given us by the many, may ere long be fulfilled by the few.
"There is not so much difference between home house cleaning and
municipal house cleaning as some people think." These words of William
Dean Howells have come to our mind many times during the last few
weeks. The women of New York, who, it is to be supposed, have lived up
to the traditions of their scrupulous Dutch ancestors, have decided that
woman's influence is quite as useful and as needful in purifying the city
government, as in sweeping and airing their own attics.
Among the many forces which have been at work for the overthrow of
Tammany, we are proud to know that the Woman's Municipal League is
acknowledged a powerful factor. Hundreds of earnest, thoughtful women,
under the leadership of Mrs. Lowell, who is well known for her practical
charities, as well as for her knowledge of practical sociology, bound themselves
by a pledge to unceasing effort to arouse public opinion to the ' ' number
and enormity" of the crimes which have been so persistently overlooked.
They have come to realize that, though they may not cast the ballot, they
can exert no small influence by securing a larger registration, and by urging
upon the men with whom they come in contact the strenuous need of
Not only is it significant that Dr. Parkhurst, who is so strongly
opposed to woman's suffrage, suggested and encouraged the movement, but
a most hopeful sign is the fact that the movement was nonpartisan ; women
of all ranks of life are interested, those who believe in suffrage , and those
who take a strong stand against it. Mrs. Lowell, who would by her social
position naturally attract women of keen insight and cultured mind, is able
through her disinterested philanthropy to reach the women of the working
The campaign was a systematic one. The most interesting work was
done among tenement-house mothers, where the wives of workingmen were
encouraged to tell of the abuses they have been compelled to endure, and
were taught that through their influence a better atmosphere, morally as
well as physically, might be gained for their children.
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It has been said that municipal reform just now amounts to a fad, and
it may be true that it is easier for a thousand to gain followers than for one
or two ; but where there is so much interest among all classes, and where
there is so much strong, wholesome enthusiasm, we believe that this organi-
zation will not disband after four short weeks, but will continue, and will
help to teach all women that the relation between home and politics is a
There is one subject which has been burning, and boiling, and bubbling
within me ever since we have had the Free Press, and which I wonder no one
has attacked before, — and that is the College lunch. We are all proud of
our College. We love to recall the various pieces of our life there. Some
of the memories — most of them I think — are very dear ; but there is one
which, unless I am much mistaken, is correspondingly bitter to all, and that
is the remembrance of the lunch table. Is there a single alumna who looks
back upon the noontide meal with pride or complacency ? Is there a single
girl now at Wellesley who regards the present lunch system with approval ?
To me it always was, and is, abhorrent. As I look back upon it the
picture presented to my mind is this : a table spread with various odds and
ends, chiefly gathered from yesterday's dinner. In the center a platter of cold
meat or of hash, at either end a plate of bread, at one a plate of gingerbread,
at the other one containing six pieces of pie. (As the table is spread for
fourteen, you will observe that half are expected to eat gingerbread and half
pie. Do you consider these details superfluous? Wait.) There is, in
addition, a large dish of sauce, — probably oranges and bananas sliced, — and,
perhaps, a small one of potato.
Enter a girl who makes a rapid survey of the table, then taking a plate
helps herself to meat, liberally to potato, taking perhaps one fourth the con-
tents of the dish ; secures a large slice of gingerbread, ditto of pie, dish of
sauce, and sits down at the end of the table, where she will not be expected to
pass anything. But do not blame her on that account. She has a French
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recitation at 1.30, and has not yet had time even to read the lesson over.
No wonder she is in a hurry. Enter two other girls with books, who go
through the same performance as number one, and retire to the other end of
the table, where they eat and gossip sociably.
Number one jumps up and rushes out as number four comes in. As it
happens she is not fond of pie or cake, but does like potato, and, having had
a busy morning and being very hungry, helps herself generously to that
article, which she eats in the intervals of perusing a mathematics lesson. By
the time five and six arrive there is no more potato, and the dish is sent out,
not to return, — a fate too common to excite remark.
Several others come in and obtain, or go without, cake, pie, sauce, accord-
ing to the voracity of their predecessors. The banana and orange mixture is
exhausted, and is replaced by a dark substance known as dried apples, or by
prunes. The late comers, who have been unfortunately detained by an
appointment just before lunch, are disconsolately munching bread and butter
and cold roast beef amid the large complement of empty dishes scattered over
the now disordered table, and are comparing notes on the past recitation or
hurriedly consulting their watches, when in walks the teacher with a guest.
[This last could not happen of course at College Hall, where the faculty
lunch at a separate table, but at Stone Hall I have seen it occur again and
As for the other details I have mentioned, they are too firmly ground
into my memory to be anything but sadly true. Do they not seem familiar,
students and alumnoe ? and are they pleasant to think upon ? Would we not
call any of our brothers who at home should do as the young woman I first
mentioned, greedy and selfish, if, indeed, we employed no stronger term?
Would you like to take some one whose opinion you prized into one of our
College dining rooms at noon (I am speaking mainly now of the two larger
buildings ; things are ordered somewhat better in the cottages, though I am
of the opinion that there, too, there is room for improvement) , — some refined,
elderly gentlewoman, perhaps, a friend of your grandmother, or, better still, a
person opposed to the higher education of women, whom you were trying to
convert? Would he or she be converted at such a sight? Would it not
rather strike him as bearing too close a resemblance to the feeding of the
animals in a menagerie?
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There has been a great deal said and written about the College rush, —
in the corridors, class room, elevator, bookstore, library, and post office, and,
in a general way, at meals, — but it seems to me that this is a subject which
requires a closer and more serious attention than has yet been accorded it.
Because we have but a brief hour for lunch, curtailed in many cases by
appointments immediately before and after, the meeting of which cuts off
several minutes, and because we have left many things to be done at that hour
which could not be, or at any rate which were not done at another hour, is
there any reason why we should rush through our lunch in five or ten
minutes, regardless of all courtesy and good breeding, intent only on getting
what we want ? Have not we all suffered from indigestion after such rush
and scramble lunches ? I have, and felt sick and faint for half the afternoon
following, unable to study or enjoy my recitations. And yet it is natural
and right that we should be hungry by lunch time. Breakfast was at seven,
— five and one-half long hours ago, — and we have been working hard all the
morning. We ought to eat heartily at noon, but we ought to have time
enough and food enough to do so without violence to our digestions or our
E. E. B., '92.
So often is it brought against the Wellesley student that she fails to keep
in touch with the outside world, that it seems as if there must be some truth
in the statement. While many students are deeply interested in the great
world beyond Wellesley, how few are even remotely connected with its
Last winter, through the Free Press, a most urgent appeal was made to
the Wellesle}^ students to take some action as a bod} r in regard to the great
sufferings of the poor. Nothing was done. It was only when we would
leave, for a few days, the happy, hurrying routine of college life that we at
all realized what terrible want, and suffering, and despair existed so near our
We hope that the extreme want of last winter is not to be repeated ; yet
there will be always the sorrowing and suffering for us to help if we will, and
it seems as if the students might do much through the work of the Needlework
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Guild. The only requirement for membership of the guild is that two new gar-
ments be given yearly. These garments should be ready before the close of the
winter term. Any member may give her articles to any poor person of whom
she may know; otherwise all donations will be distributed by the guild
There has been a Wellesley branch of the Needlework Guild of America
for several years ; yet the membership has been small, and the garments, in
many cases, grudgingly contributed. Last year only three hundred and
eighty-two garments were given, which means that only one hundred and
ninety-one, out of some eight hundred students, are members of the guild.
Our sisters at Smith, last year, gave over five hundred garments ; and we
know from Miss Atwood's interesting description of their work, last fall, that
their larger contribution does not mean that they do less benevolent work in
It is well understood that our universal excuse for not more generally
joining the guild is lack of time. It is suggested that the students do their
sewing on these garments while waiting for quorums, and during prolonged
class meetings. Surely there are many spare moments which would pass
quite as pleasantly if we had a bit of sewing in our hands. If we only try
this, we will probably find that six months will give us abundant time to make
two garments ; if not, we can help by buying them to give to the same pur-
pose. The Christian Association is unable to pay Miss Gregg's salary, and
thus, through lack of funds, has been obliged to give up the most important
part of our home missionary work ; can we not each do a little individual
home missionary work through the Needlework Guild ?
E. R. W., '95.
During one of those inter-recitational ten minutes, so productive of
frank criticism with us, conversation chanced to turn on the merits of lectures
versus recitations ; and, as appeared, the sentiment of the half-dozen in the
company was unanimously in favor of the former. How it may appear to
others I do not know, but to me the discussion was certainly suggestive.
We constantly hear it said that students, and especially women students,
are prone to employ themselves too much with detail, at the expense of general
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tendencies and underlying principles ; and the charge is too well founded
to be denied. We lose ourselves in a mass of interesting, but relatively un-
important fa cts, and we fail to grasp their real, vital significance, the funda-
mental laws which they illustrate. Doubtless the fault lies largely in each
individual student's method of study ; but is not the tendency fostered and
increased by the ever-pressing consciousness of to-morrow's ' ' quiz " ?
Say what we will, none of us enjoy making a recitation of the unvary-
ing Je-ne-sais-pas character, and so we spend our energies in preparing
answers to every possible question, on every possible detail. We thus ac-
quire a valuable collection of facts, from which some general principle might
be derived, some tendency inferred. But we have no time left in which to
derive or infer anything. We go to class, and there the time is occupied by
the instructor in ascertaining whether or no we have learned these facts. We
go out of class;, our disconnected facts are still disconnected; our general
conceptions are vague, or nonexistent. In January we spend a day in re-
viewing our facts ; in June we spend a day in reviewing our facts ; and
then, having no common plan to bind them together, we straightway forget
Of course, this is an extreme conception ; but it will serve, I think, to
illustrate what may be the tendency of the recitation system. Could we not
do better work with less of our present nervous worry, if the typical ' ' reci-
tation " which we used to connect with grammar grades and high schools,
should be left to those institutions, and its place be taken by the more truly
university methods of lecture and class discussion ?
In last month's Magazine an article appeared on parliamentary law,
and it was made clear that a better understanding of parliamentary law by
the members of college organizations would save much time. There is an-
other matter in connection with the various organizations of Wellesley, which
needs attention before even a keen knowledge of parliamentary law will pre-
vent students wasting time. This matter is quorums. Time is lost, and the
dispositions of girls injured, by ineffective "waiting for a quorum." What
are the reasons for this sad state of affairs? Two principal causes can be
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First, the quorum for ordinary business, as stated in the constitutions, is
too large. A smaller quorum could transact the business as well, if not bet-
ter, than a large one. Those who are most interested in class matters, and
who work best for the class, always attend class meetings. Why need the
quorum be so large that many girls, caring little for the class, have to be
literally dragged to meetings that about five minutes' business be transacted ?
Then, again, because of the large quorum much time is lost while the facto-
tums hunt through the buildings for these unwilling members. This matter
can be rectified by an amendment to the constitution, but the second cause is
more serious, and less easily corrected. Every girl graduating from college
is considered a member of the class organization with which she graduates.
There are some in every class who have no ' ' class spirit " ; they care not
what the class does, and would rather not belong to the organization. What
is the result of this forced membership ? The class in counting its quorum
must consider these girls among its members. Is it right or just that those
girls in the class who are anxious for its welfare, be obliged to waste their
time waiting for disinterested girls to come to class meeting? C. C.
I wonder if there is anyone who has not noticed how the singing drags
in the chapel services. If there is such a one, I want to call her attention to
it now. The organ and the singing seem often to be having a go-as-you-
please race, in which the organ gets there first. Sometimes we start in after
the organ, and keep behind it all the way ; and at other times, when we do
start in with the organ, we generally go slower and slower, until at the end
we are dragging as badly as ever. It sounds as if we were too sleepy to
keep up. Perhaps the trouble, however, is not in the fact that we are sleepy
in the morning, but in the fact that we have no one to lead us in our singing.
I do not remember that the singing was not up to time when the Beethoven
Society used to sit all together on the platform, or when Miss Roberts (Mrs.
Smith) used to stand beside the organ and lead us with her beautiful voice.
But though we have no leader, if each girl will make an effort to put some
life and thought into her singing, and to keep with the organ, I think the
singing can be made a delight to everyone. B., '95.
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One student, at least, and not a freshman, either, wishes to put on record
a vigorous protest against our present system of elevator etiquette. Why
should a senior, rushing up breathlessly at the last moment, enter the elevator
with no delay and reach her third-floor appointment in due season, while the
underclass girl, who has already twice watched the departure and hopefully
looked for the return of that same elevator, only to find each time twelve
more black-gowned fortunates counted in and the door closed before her, —
while this one, I say, is left to seek some other more rapid, indeed, but more
fatiguing, means of elevation to Elocution Hall ? For whom does any bene-
fit arise from this absurd system of ours ? Surely not to the underclass girls,
and to the mind of one who has occasionally worn the cap and gown, any
benefit to anyone else is more than counterbalanced by frequent embarrassing
situations, in which she does, to save time, what her natural courtesy would
else forbid her doing. Has anyone any argument to advance in support of
this time-honored custom? If so, let us hear it: if not, why continue in
our, if not evil, senseless ways ?
In the College publications for October, the heavy and light articles are
more evenly balanced than usual, the abundance of stories and sketches being
no doubt a sort of reflection of the summer's leisure and pleasures.
The Vassar Miscellany , in direct contrast to its June number, is composed
almost wholly of verse and fiction, the longest example of the latter being
"The Story of a Sister," — a prize story by Jessie B. Hart, '96.
The Ivy Oration, by Katherine Ware, and the Ivy Song, by Venila
Spaulding Burrington, fill the first pages of the /Smit7i College Monthly,
while the rest of the magazine is devoted to stories, — those treasures of
college editors, so often sought in vain and so cherished when found.
All interested in the growth and progress of our colleges for women, will
be glad to read in the Mt. Holt/oke the report of Miss Sarah A. Stewart, '67,
of the progress of the plan started by the Class of '67 for the endowment of
a Chair of Pedagogy in that institution. And while they have the magazine
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in hand, they will find interesting and profitable reading in the review by
Fanny Holmes Abbot, '94, of Walter Pater's "Imaginary Portraits."
A leading article worthy of special note is Frederick L. Luqueer's
' ' Appledore and its Poet " : " The island . . . with a soul, deep and rugged,
though at times tender and gay as a bird ; Celia Thaxter, . . . the human
poet, — the lips of the soul."
Dr. R. A. Guild contributes as the leading article of the Broion Maga-
zine, "Commencement Customs," in which he traces the changes and
developments of these customs at Brown University from the olden time to
the present day.
"The Study of Literature for College Writers," by Arthur A. Macurda,
advocates such a study, as it " will enable a student to do far better work along
literary lines than would be possible if he were content to plod along illumi-
nated only by his own ideas, and guided solely by his own instinctive and
probably defective sense of form and style."
This article finds a companion in "College Rhymers," by Herbert A.
Jump, in the Amherst Monthly. All must agree with the writer of this
article that the rhymers of the "erotic class," rather than those of the
"metaphysical" or "terrestrial" classes, are the true college rhymers; and
that in the field of light verse does the college rhymer reap his most valuable
We miss from our Exchange table this month several of the magazines
which have gladly been given a place there heretofore, and we trust will be
found there again in the coming months.
From the verse of the month we clip the following from the Wesley an
Literary Monthly : —
THE WAT HOME.
The sungleam and the dark,
Vesper and matin bells :
The greeting hands of yesterday ;
The morrow, and farewells.
The cradle and the morn ;
The eve and ebbing sense ;
And who shall tell us whither,
And who shall say from whence?
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Behind us lies the void,
Before us is the dark,
As on the slender boat of Time
We tremblingly embark.
By sun — by stars — we sail,
And tempt the dangerous sea ;
We only know our vessel's prow
Is toward eternity.
The sungleam and the dark,
Vesper and matin bells ;
The greeting hands in yonder port,
But in the earth, farewells.
Citizenship. By Julius H. Seelye. Ginn & Co., Boston.
In our High Schools there has long been felt the need of some book
which will lay the foundation for a thorough course in civics. This book,
by the late President of Amherst College, meets this need admirably. It is
a careful study of the basis on which the whole structure of government and
law rests, since it emphasizes the sovereignty of the people. The book first
takes up the characteristics of government with its relations to human life,
and then considers the questions of its rights and duties. The writer has
prepared as an introduction a concise and exhaustive outline, which he fol-
The rights and duties of citizenship are treated under the two divisions
of international and national law ; the latter is again divided into public
and private law. International law is considered in its application to peace
and to war ; public law is treated as constitutional and administrative ;
private law as political and civil. The paragraphs are illustrated by charac-
teristic examples of American government, though the subject matter is
never burdened by any legal technicalities.
The book will commend itself to professor and scholar alike, either as
an outline for further study, or as a means for a general survey of the execu-
tive, judicial, and administrative functions of government.
Among the books received this month is a volume entitled ' ' Selections
from Ruskin," published by Ginn & Co., Boston. The book is edited by
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Mrs. Lois G. Gufford, who has made several careful introductory studies.
The many annotations will make it a valuable text-book for high-school use.
Several books which reached us too late for reviewing in this issue, are
acknowledged under "Books Received."
The Philosophy of Teaching, by Arnold Tompkins. Boston : Ginn
Citizenship, by Julius H. Seelye. Boston : Ginn & Co.
Selections from the Essays of John Ruskin, Mrs. Lois G. Gufford.
Boston : Ginn & Co.
The First Latin Book, by William C. Collar, A.M., and M. Grant
Daniell, A.M. Boston : Ginn & Co.
Latin at Sight, by Edwin Post. Boston : Ginn & Co. 90 cts.
Mediaeval Europe, by Ephraim Emerton, Ph.D. Boston : Ginn & Co.
Four Months in New Hampshire, a sequel to " Black Beauty," by Mrs.
Ellen A. Barrows. Revised and published by the American Humane
A Scientific French Reader, by Alexander W. Herdler. Boston :
Ginn & Co. 85 cts.
The regular programme meeting of the Agora was held October 27th.
The society received into its membership, Miss North, '97; Miss Bixby,
'97; Miss Hathaway, '97; Miss Davis, '97; Miss Devol, '97. The pro-
gramme of the evening was as follows : —
Lord Roseberry and England's Foreign Policy, Elizabeth Zeigler.
Woman's Crusade in New York City . . Anne Bixby.
Belgian Elections ..... Grace Caldwell.
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History of the Tariff Bill and Summer Legislation, Mary Prior.
The War between China and Japan . . Helen Bisbee.
Work of the Lexow Committee . . Belinda Bogardus.
Strikes of the Summer and the Labor Questions, Clara Benson.
An informal discussion on the subjects of the meeting followed.
The regular meeting of the Classical Society was held October 27th.
The following programme was presented : —
Incidents in the Lives of the Ancients.
Alexander the Great
Pliny the Younger
The regular meeting of the Shakespeare Society was held in Hathaway
Hall, Saturday evening, October 27th. The programme of the meeting
was the study of the " Merchant of Venice," and consisted of the following
numbei's : —
Shakespeare News .... Gertrude Rushmore.
The Setting of the Play . . . Grace Miller.
Dramatic Representation : " Merchant of Venice," Act II. Scene II.
A Plot Study ..... Katharine Conner.
Discussion : Study of the Scenes.
A Character Sketch, " Lorenzo and Jessica," May Merrill.
Dramatic Representation : " Merchant of Venice," Act V. Scene I.
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At a meeting of Phi Sigma held Saturday, October 27th, the following
programme was presented : —
The Primitive Short Story .... Anna Witherle.
Russian Short Story ..... Mabel Davison.
French Short Story .
The Universal Short Story .
Selections from the Arabian Nights
Boccaccio and the Short Story
Miss Holly, '92, Miss Lauderburn, '92, Miss Eager, '93, and Miss
Holmes, '94, were present at the meeting.
The regular meeting of Society Zeta Alpha was held September 26th.
The programme was as follows : —
The Present Social Conditions
Some Causes of the Social Disturbances
A Voice from the People
The Capitalists' View ....
An informal discussion followed.
Miss Helen Storer, '89, was present at the meeting.
Elizabeth H. Peale.
Monday, November 26th. — Lecture, Rev. George Knox.
Saturday, December 1st. — Senior Sociable.
Monday, December 3d. — Concert.
Sunday, December 9th. — Rev. Henry A. Stimson, D.D., New York.
Monday, December 10th. — Lecture, Prof. Francis H. Stoddard.
Sunday, December 16th. — Dean George Hodges, Cambridge.
Monday, December 17th. — Concert.
Wellesley is ever improving. The two changes which have been noticed
in the College during the last few weeks are small, but so helpful that one
wonders that they have not been introduced before. A long-distance tele-
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phone lias been placed in the General Office ; and reference bulletin boards
have been hung by the library door, and in the second floor center.
The first concert of the college year was an organ recital, given by Mr.
Henry M. Dunham, on Monday evening, October 8th. His rendering of a
selection from Mendelssohn was especially appreciative, and called forth
Wellesley's most enthusiastic applause.
On Sunday evening, October 14th, Miss Bates conducted the senior
prayer meeting. She spoke of the sacred poems of Christina Eossetti, and
presented the Class of '95 with a copy of these lyrics.
Miss Sarah E. Capps, '95, is so much better that she has been moved
from the Newton Hospital to the home of friends in Maiden. She will soon
be able to return to her home in Jacksonville, HI.
Miss Gertrude Wilson has been elected president of the Shakespeare
Society, to fill the position left vacant by Miss Capps.
On Monday, October 15th, Dr. Arbuthnot gave an illustrated lecture on
Stratford-on-Avon. He is vicar of the Church of the Holy Trinity,
which Shakespeare formerly attended. By his thorough knowledge of the
country, and by his fine collection of pictures, he was able to take his
audience across the seas, and back in years, to the home and the time of the
great English dramatist.
On Monday evening, October 2 2d, a concert was given by Mr. C. L.
Staats, clarinet virtuoso, assisted by Miss Jessie M. Downer, piariiste, and
Miss Jennie Corea, soprano.
Miss Mabel Wellman has been made editor-in-chief of the '95 " Legenda"
Miss Helen Storer, '89, has spent a week at Noruinbega with Mrs.
The Class of '96 is again rampant upon reform. They have decided to
divide their days into periods of eight hours each. One of these periods is
to be devoted to study, another to recreation, and another to sleep. It is to
be hoped that their increased vigor, in both mind and body, will induce
others to follow their example.
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The inter-class tennis tournament took place Monday, October 15th.
The champions of the several classes were Miss Barker, '98, Miss Dewson,
'97, Miss Cobbs, '96, and Miss Chase, '95. Miss Dewson and. Miss Chase
played the finals, Miss Dewson winning the championship of the College on
a score of 5-1. She received a "Sear's Special" tennis racquet, presented
by the Boston firm of Wright & Ditson.
Miss Elva Young has compiled a little pamphlet for the use of the Agora.
It is entitled the "Legal Status of Women under the Laws of Massachusetts."
The departments of History and Literature have arranged a series of
lectures and readings to be held every Saturday afternoon. They will be
given by people of note upon the familiar matters of to-day. The first
entertainment in this course was a delightful reading by Mrs. Margaret
Deland, from her poems and prose tales. A reception was afterwards held
for Mrs. Deland in the faculty parlors.
Miss Curtis, '90, Miss White, '93, Miss Eager, '93, Misses Angell,
Drake, Thompson, Laughlin, Mitchell, Pope, of '94, have been among the
former students who have lately visited the College.
A reception in honor of Mrs. Durant and the new members of the
faculty was held by Mrs. Irvine, on Monday evening, October 29th, in the
Halloween was celebrated this fall with its usual good cheer. The
different houses vied with each other as to their method of entertainment.
At Wood, an informal dance was followed by stories around a roaring fire.
The seniors of Freeman Cottage gave a clever little farce, after which the
lamps were put out, and by the flickering firelight ghosts and refreshments
were discussed. Fun ran high at Norumbega ; the second and third floors
each furnished an entertainment. It would be hard to decide whether the
realistic presentation of ' ' Young Lochinvar" or the menagerie were the
success of the evening. Anyone who had experienced a former Halloween
at the Main Building, would have been astonished to peep into the dining
room of College Hall on this thirty-first of October. The tables glittered
with their holiday array, the girls shone resplendent in evening gowns, but
during the entire first course not a sentence, not a word, was uttered.
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During the second course the college women had seemingly returned to the
days of their childhood, talking only in words of one syllable. By the time
dessert was reached they had become evolutionized to the point where words
of two syllables were a possibility. After dinner the usual masquerade dance
was held in the gymnasium. The inmates of Stone Hall, being of a more
altruistic disposition, gave a musicale to the Pierian Sodality of Harvard
College, and other outside guests.
Professor Coman delivered a lecture on Saturday afternoon, November
3d, her subject being " The Land of the Czars."
The first annual dinner of the Worcester Wellesley Club, which took
place Friday evening, October 26th, at the Bay State, was a most successful
inauguration for the new organization. Beginning in September with
15 members, the society now numbers 40, and of these, 31 assisted at the
festivities of last evening. At 6.30 the girls began to assemble, and an
informal and very sociable reception followed, with photographs of the
College and reminiscence of former days.
At 8 o'clock all repaired to the dining-room, where a collation was
served. The long tables were arranged to form three sides of a square.
Miss Mary Whipple, president of the club, took the head of the table ; on
her left sat Miss Conyngton, the guest of honor of the evening. ' The
other places were occupied by the officers of the club.
After the girls had done ample justice to a most elaborate menu, Miss
Whipple called the company to order, and in a happy speech gave formal
greeting to the daughters of Wellesley assembled before her. She then
introduced Miss Alice G. Arnold, who officiated as toastmaster in a bright
and charming manner. There were five toasts. Miss Whipple responded
to the first, "Wellesley of the Olden Time," giving interesting reminis-
cences of the opening of the College and library, and of the founder, Mr.
" Sons-in-Law and Grandchildren," was the subject of Mrs. Frank W.
Blair's amusing toast. Then came t\\Q piece de resistance, so to speak, of the
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evening, when Miss Conyngton, of Boston, spoke for "College Settle-
ments." Miss Conyngton is connected with the Dennison House in Tyler
Street, Boston, and her descriptions of the visiting, the parties, and the
Shakespeare classes were of intense interest.
Mrs. May Sleeper-Buggies responded for " Specials," and Miss Annie
May Henderson made some witty remarks apropos the ' ' Wellesley of
The last number on the programme was the singing of the Wellesley
College song, "To Alma Mater," which was joined by all the company,
standing. The Wellesley cheer, given in thrilling effect, ended an evening
of great social enjoyment to all present. No club could have a more suc-
cessful inauguration, or one more gratifying in every way to its well-wishers,
than had the Wellesley Club last night.
The officers of the Club are : Miss Mary E. Whipple, president ; Miss
Lillian M. Crawford, vice president ; Miss Maude A. Dodge, secretary ;
Mrs. Frank W. Blair, Miss Carrie M. Pierce, Miss Alice G. Arnold, execu-
Those present were : Miss Anna Arnold, Miss Alice Arnold, Miss
Lilian Atwood, Mrs. Frank Blair, Miss Adeliza Brainerd, Mrs. H. W.
Cobb, Miss Mary Collins of Southboro, Miss Mary Coolidge, Miss Mary
Conyngton of Boston, Miss Helena Corey of Spencer, Miss Lillian
Crawford, Miss Abbie Davis, Miss Maude Dodge, Miss Martha God-
dard, Miss Annie May Henderson, Miss Mary Herrick, Miss Mary Jillson,
Miss Helen Lincoln, Miss Mary Lincoln, Miss Bertha Longley, Miss Ger-
aldine Longley, Mrs. Gilbert Manley of Spencer, Miss Grace Mix, Mrs.
Mary Jenks Page, Miss Carrie Pierce, Miss Harriet Pierce, Mrs. Everett
Prouty of Spencer, Mrs. May Sleeper-Ruggles, Miss Mary Townsend, Miss
Lucia Upham, Miss Mary E. Whipple, Miss Eleanor Whiting.
A meeting of the Boston Wellesley Association was held Saturday,
October 27th, in Stone Hall parlor. The meeting was called to order by
Mrs. Mary Putnam Hart, of Cambridge, and after the reading of the
minutes, Professor Coman gave a talk on College Settlements. Twelve
colleges are represented in the Settlement Association. They are Wellesley,
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Smith, Bryn Mawr, Vassar, Cornell, Kadcliffe, Wells, Packer Institute,
Swarthmore, Elmira, Mt. Holyoke, Baltimore. The membership of the
Association is about one thousand, of which one hundred and thirty-five are
from Wellesley. The income from membership fees was, for the year
ending Sept. 1, 1892, $3,769, for the year ending Sept. 1, 1893,
$4,380, and for the year ending Sept. 1, 1894, $4,685. Wellesley's
contribution to this income was, for '92, $635 ; for '93, $551 ; for '94,
$673.50. Three fifths of the annual contribution was from the alumnae.
Mrs. Irvine then gave an account of the changes and improvements at
Wellesley, and the outlook for the coming year. She spoke of Dr. Char-
lotte Roberts' return to the College, of the two new teachers in the Zoologi-
cal department, the union of the Romance Languages under one head, the
removal of the third and fourth ffirl from the hitherto crowded rooms in the
main building, and the new buildings, Fiske Cottage and the Chemical
Refreshments were served, and the remainder of the time was passed
The following is a list of the various Wellesley Associations : —
Boston Wellesley Club. Secretary, Miss Jane Furber, '92, Boston, Mass.
Cleveland Wellesley Association.
Maine Wellesley Association.
Wellesley Club of New York.
Western New York Wellesley Association. Secretary, Miss Mary E.
Welsh, Livingston Park Seminary, Rochester, N. Y.
Philadelphia Wellesley Club. Secretary, Miss Elizabeth W. Braley,
1328 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, or 619 County Street, New Britain, Conn.
Southern Wellesley Association.
St. Louis Wellesley. Association.
Washington Wellesley Association. Secretary, Julia M. Green.
Western Wellesley Association. Secretary, Miss Evangeline Sherwood,
Los Angeles Wellesley Club. Secretary, Miss Leona Lebus, '89, 648
South Olive Street, Los Angeles, California.
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Connecticut Valley Wellesley Club. Secretary, Katharine Horton, '89,
Windsor Locks, Conn.
Worcester Wellesley Association. Secretary, Miss Maude A. Dodge,
Will the Secretaries of the "Wellesley Associations who have as yet sent
no report to the Alumna? Editor, kindly do so as soon as possible.
Miss Isabel Bronck, '79-81, Ph.B., Illinois, Wesleyan University, is
teaching in the Misses Ely's School, Riverside, New York City.
Miss Elizabeth Jones, '84, is teaching with Miss Hills, 1808 Spruce
Street, Philadelphia, Penn.
Miss S. Lillian Burlingame, '85, is teaching in the Humboldt High
School, St. Paul, Minn.
Miss Eliza Hall Kendrick, '85, has returned to the College as instructor
in the department of Old Testament and Hebrew.
Miss Emily E. Gregory, '85, is teaching in Milwaukee College,
Miss Jessie L. Van Vliet, '85, has received the degree of M.A. from the
University of Michigan.
Miss Alice M. Allen, '85, is teaching in Dana Hall, Wellesley, Mass.
Miss Lydia B. Essex, '85, is teaching this year in the High School,
Miss Mary F. Hurlburt, '87, is teaching in Wilson College, Chambersburg,
Miss Sarah J. Storms, '87, has taken the degree of M.A. at Radclitfe
Miss Alice E. Dixon, '87, is teaching in Drew Seminary, Carmel, N. Y.
Miss Nancy C. George, '88, is teaching Latin and History in the
Woburn, Mass., High School.
Miss Emma Pleasants, '89, is teaching in Miss Pierson's school, in Palo
Alto, and studying in Leland Stanford University.
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The engagement of Miss Mary Lowe Stevens, '89, to Mr. John Whistler,
of Denver, Colorado, is announced.
Miss Clare Wade, '89, returned home from her European trip in Sep-
Miss Helen Holmes, '89, and Miss Ruth Abbott, '89, are both studying
Kindergarten in Boston.
The winter address of Miss Alice Libby, '89, is 187 rue de la Pompe,
Miss Helen A. Parker, '90, has accepted a position in Miss Lewin's
private school, Mt. Sterling, Ky.
Miss Bessie L. Cook, '90, has completed her library course at Pratt
Miss Mary L. Fish, '90, is teaching in the Riverside School, Auburndale,
Miss Helen Ruth Hibbard, '94, is teaching in Miss Williams' school,
No. 4 Linden St., Worcester, Mass.
Miss Isabel Sinclair, '90, is teaching at Summit, N. J.
Miss Strobridge, formerly of '90, — whose death in Rome, April 19th,
brought so much sorrow to her friends, — had been spending the winter in Italy,
and had arranged to sail for America the week of her illness. The summer of
'93 had been passed at her sister's home in Sicily, but the winter was devoted
to study in Rome. She had many friends there, both Italian and American.
Every effort was made to check the fatal illness, but in vain. She rests now
in the Protestant cemetery, just outside the walls, near the gate through
which St. Paul passed to his martyrdom.
Miss M. Emogene Hazeltine, '91, has charge of the Public Library,
Jamestown, N. Y.
Miss Alma E. Beale, '91, is teaching Science in the Naugatuek, Conn.,
Miss Caroline B. Perkins, '91, is teaching in the High School at Mans-
THE WELLESLEY MAGAZINE. 115
Miss Florence Dean, '91, is teaching at Soule College, Murfreesboro,
Miss Annie L. Durflinger, '91, is teaching in Middletown, N. Y.
Miss Alice R. Jackson, '91, is teaching in Miss Lockwood's school, Mt.
Vernon, N. Y.
Miss Amy A. Whitney, '89-91, is teaching in the Western Female
Seminary, Oxford, Ohio.
Mrs. Charlotte Miller, Middlebrook, '91, lives in Atlanta, Georgia,
where she will be glad to meet old Mends at 38 Euclid Ave., Inman Park,
Miss Sarah M. Roberts, '91, is teaching in Miss Mason's school,
Miss Alice Stevens, '91, is teaching in the Hartford, Conn., High School.
Miss Mary R. Eastman, '92, is teaching in Lyndon Hall, Poughkeepsie,
Miss Vinnie J. Libbey, '92, 'will teach this year in the Cleveland, O.,
Miss Theresa B. Stanton, '92, is teaching in the Manchester, N. H.,
Miss Agnes M. Shaw, '92, is teaching this year in the Misses Stevens'
School, New Gloucester, Me.
Miss Marion F. Randolph, '92, has just entered upon a four years' course
at the Woman's Medical College of New York.
Miss Clara M. Burt, '92, is again at Northfield.
Miss Flora A. Randolph, formerly of '92, is teaching in Miss Bennett's
private school at Irvington-on-Hudson.
Miss Anna Reed Wilkinson, '92, is spending a year in Paris, studying
Art. Her address is 117 rue Notre Dame des Champs, care Mme. Fuster.
Miss Erne Thompson, '87-92, will hold the Biblical scholarship at Bryn
Mawr this year.
116 THE WELLESLEY MAGAZINE.
Miss Frances C. Lance, '92, is teaching at Woodward Institute, Quincy,
Miss Alice Newman, '92, starts for Los Angeles, October 30th, to spend
the winter with Miss Sarah Bixby, '94.
The address of Mrs. Isabel Northey Murray, '92, is 46 Pearl Street,
Miss Clara B. Count, '93, is principal of the High School, Somerset,
Miss Alice E. Denny, '91-93, is teaching in the Wellesley School,.
Evans ville, Ind.
Miss Stella Hoghton, '93, is teaching in the High School, Hillsboro, 111.
Mrs. Mattie Hocker Jenkins, '93, is living at 46 Langdon Street, Cam-
bridge. Mr. Jenkins will graduate from the Divinity School at Harvard, in
Holmbs-Mabie. — On Wednesday, Oct. 3, 1894, Miss Grace Mabie,
formerly '95, to Mr. George P. Holmes. At home Tuesdays, Chapman
House, Pawling, New York.
Tracy-Blakeslee. — On Wednesday, Oct. 24, 1894, Miss Elizabeth
M. Blakeslee, '91, to Mr. John Tracy.
August, 1894, a son to Mrs. Sophie Bogue Huff, '85-87, at 5 Washing-
ton Place, Chicago, 111.
March, 1894, a third son, Stanley, to Mrs. Nellie Traversee Patterson, '89.
Oct. 11, 1894, a son to Mrs. Elinor Kimball Bruce Snow, '92, 106 Elm
Street, Stoneham, Mass.
At Rome, Italy, April 19, 1894, Mabel Strobridge, formerly of the
Class of '90.
Jameson & Knowles Company,
LEADING STYLES IN
Boots, Shoes, and
Specialties: Custom Work, Party Shoes
No. 15 Winter Street, Boston,
U. S. A.
H. H. CARTER & CO.
Stationers *? Engravers
20 per cent Discount
Made by Wellesley College Students.
No. 3 Beacon Street,
VOUR attention is called to our stock of
Gold and Silver Stick Pins 1
Birthday Gifts !
Souvenir Spoons, Souvenir Cups.
Toilet and Desk Furnishings in Sterling and Plated Silver; Marble and Iron Clocks, $6.00 to $20.00.
Stock in all departments always complete.
A. StOWell & Co., 24 Winter Street, Boston.
Cotrell & Leonardo*
American . .
% Particulars on
' e M t
Artists' Materials . . .
£k Drafting Instruments.
Art Studies and Books.
Oil and Water Colors, Crayons, Materials
For Tapestry, Painting, etc.
Wadsworth, Howland & Co.
82 and 84 Washington Street, Boston.
Branch Store in the
Grundmann Studios, Clarendon Street,
Near St. James Avenue.
Maiden, Mass., and Paris, Maine.
Mackintoshes and Cravenettes,
WALNUT HILL 3GH00L.
$2.00 TO $25.00.
Prices 25 per cent lower than Dry Goods Stores.
. . . Special IO per cent to Wellesley Students . . .
RUBBER GOODS OF EVERY DESCRIPTION.
Metropolitan Rubber Co.,
Miss Charlotte H. Conant, B.A.
CLEAVE & KRIM,
Miss Florence Bigelow, M.A.
49 SUMMER STREET. BOSTON.
Gloves and Veiling.
MISS M. F. FISK,
44 TEMPLE PLACE,
Calls the attention of the Young Ladies to her stock of Kid. Undressed Kid, and Dog Skin Gloves that
are suitable for all occasions, also her very becoming stock of Veilings, and solicits their
patronage, and will give to any of the students 6 per cent discount.
17 TO 23 BEACON STREET . . BOSTON.
Special attention given to Club Dinners and Receptions.
RATES FROM $l TO $5 PER DAY.
TWO FIRST-CLASS CAFES IN HOTEL.
J. W. SMITH PROPRIETOR.
LAWRENCE, WILDE & CO.,
Manufacturers of First-class
Nos. 38 to 48 Cornhill,
WM. H. HULL.
GEO. B. DARROW.
CHAS. P. DYER.
in all Departments
of Literature .
can be found at our store. The largest
assortment in Boston of the popular and
standard authors. Also a large variety
at special reductions. Large variety of
Bibles, Prayer Books, Booklets, etc.
We are noted for low prices.
DE WOLFE, FISKE & CO.,
The Archway Bookstore,
361 rf» 365 WASHINGTON ST., BOSTON.
Shreve, Crump I Low Go.
Jewelers # Silversmith
14? TREMONT STREET, CORNER OF WEST.
Pine Stationery. Card Engraving.
Programs and Invitations, both printed and
engraved. Class Day Progams a specialty.
Class Pins designed and manufactured to
Parasols and Umbrellas made to order, re-
covered and repaired.
FINEST ROADBED ON THE CONTINENT.
- .ONLY. .
First Glass Tlmd Car Route
TO THE WEST.
Through Trains Leave Boston as follows : —
8.30 a. m. (ex. Sunday) Day Express.
10.30 a. m. (daily) Chicago Special.
2.00 p. m. (daily) North Shore Limited.
3.00 p. m. (ex. Sundays) St. Louis and
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Hartford,New Havens New York.
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information, time-tables, etc., apply
to nearest ticket agent.
A. S. HANSON,
General Passenger Agent.
WRIGHT & DITSOX,
Golf, Tennis, Basket Ball, Gymnasium, and
General Athletic Goods.
SWEATERS in Great Variety.
Special discount of IS per cent to Wellesley Students. Send
WRIGHT & DITSON,
No. 344 Washington Street,
HE/N-Ry C. HASKELL
11 John Street, New rjork,
Designer and Maker
Jewels of every
MEDALS — Trophies for presentation, from original
and artistic designs. Special designs, with esti-
mates, furnished on application. Inquiries by
mail promptly attended to. We send design
plates FREE upon request.
Wellesley Pins can be obtained from Miss Eliz-
abeth Stark, Business Manager of Magazine.
The Dana Hall School,
Pupils are prepared for regular or for special courses at
Price for Board and Tuition, $500 for the school year ;
Tuition for day pupils, $125.
For further information address the Principals :
Julia A. Eastman,
Sarah P. Eastman.
CHARLES W. PERRY,
CUTTER & CUTTER,
Trunks and Bags,
Pure Drugs and Medicines.
No. 22 Cliauncy Street,
Physicians' Prescriptions a Specialty.
DISCOUNT TO WELLESLEY STUDENTS.
Crepe Art Department
will, for the next sixty days, contain
much that will impress those who
are interested in manipulating this
modern and effective material. We
are enabled through careful study and
long experience to get the very latest
and highest effects in
Table and Room Decoration,
Flowers and Novelties
made from same furnish a complete
_ _ surprise to all who do not fully realize
the possibilities of crepe paper.
Our artists in attendance will be glad at any
time to give suggestions and advice regarding the
most effective use of our papers.
No. 28 Franklin Street, Boston.
For Fine Millinery
Visit . . .
GEORGE M. WETHERN
Mo. 21 Temple Place,
Corns, 25 cents:
plaster for tender feet 25cts.
Ladies' and Gentlemen's rooms
13 WINTER STREET.
The Senior Class Photographer
is . . .
Charles W. Hearn,
No « 39 2 Boylston Street,
Arrange dates with the Senior Class Photograph
Miss Bertha Morrill.
Miss Caroline Jacobus.
Miss Sophie Voorhees.
Also Photographer to . . .
Amherst College .
CS$ Mt. Holyoke College .
@ B. U. College of Liberal Arts
146 Treiiiont Street, Boston.
863 Broadway, N. Y.
Pure, Fresh, and Delicious
A Choice Selection of Fancy Baskets,
Boxes, and Bonbonnieres constantly
on hand at very reasonable prices. . .
Mail Orders given Prompt Attention.
Leonard N. Howe, D.M.D.
Late Instructor of Dental Surgery in
Office Hours, 9 A. M. to 5 P. M.
Oculists' prescriptions correctly filled.
Glasses carefully fitted and adjusted to
insure nose comfort.
Ten per cent discount to
All kinds of spectacle repairing neatly executed.
CHARLES W. HURLL, Jr., Practical Optician,
409 Washington St., (between Winter and Bromfield Sts.)
•••Kine Carpets- ••
THE FINEST LINE OF SPECIALTIES IN
AXMINSTERS, WILTONS, AND BRUSSELS CARPETS
EVER OFFERED BY US. THESE ARE ALL OUR PATTERNS, WITH A FULL LINE
OF THE FAMOUS LONDON FURNISHER,
William Morris's Patterns in Carpets and Hammersmith Rugs.
We feel that our Fall Stock will bear the Closest Inspection.
Joel Goldthwait & Company,
Nos. 163 to 169 Washington Street, Boston.
Will call for and deliver clothes at all the College Buildings.
Plain Clothes by the dozen.
Fancy Ironing by the hour.
No bleach or acid used, but clothes dried in the
open air, weather permitting.
Fine work of all kinds a specialty. Clothes
handled carefully and ironed neatly.
A card to the Wellesley Steam Laundry will be
promptly attended to.
J. T. MELLUS, Proprietor.
The holmes company
Patent Onion undergarment
Is made to
Fit the Form . . .
And is unlike any other garment.
Equestrian Tights, etc.
Specialties to order.
No. 49 Temple Plhce, Boston.
WOMAN'S MEDICAL COLLEGE
NEW YORK INFIRMARY.
Session '94~'95 opens October i, 1894. Three years, Graded Course. Instruction
by Lectures, Clinics, Recitations and practical work, under supervision in Laboratories
and Dispensary of College, and in U. S. Infirmary. Clinics and operations in most of
the City Hospitals and Dispensaries open to Women Students.
For Catalogues, etc., address
EMILY BLACKWELL, M. D.,
321 East 15th. Street, New York.
She : When we got our
wheels last year we didn't
suppose there could be any
better ones, did we?
He : No ; but the '94's are
ahead of them. They are
better accommodated to the
different heights of riders.
They are lighter, because of
the new Columbia seamless
She : The saddles are
He : And stronger, too.
And these guards and break
work will never let you catch
She : Do you know what
my gown is ? The Columbia
Bicycle habit. Redfern of
New York designed it for the
company, and it is just the
DOilNICK DUCKETT, Agent,
and instructor in riding. Free
instruction to purchasers. All
orders promptly executed.
Catalogues free on applica-
0/ iHiPtiS* J>**e
In every department of our store we allow Wellesley
Professors and Students a discount,
generally 10 per cent.
During the year you will notice many attractive goods which your friends at home
would be glad to see. We shall be glad to send samples at your request.
Dress Goods, Hosiery, Neckwear, Millinery,
Underwear and Art Embroideries
are perhaps some of the departments most interesting to students, but the discount applies
to every department.
R. H. STEARNS & CO.,
Tremont Street and Temple Place - - BOSTON, MASS.
Houghton, Mifflin & Co.'s Holiday Books.
Their Wedding Journey.
By W. D. Howells. Holiday Edition. Fully illustrated
by Clifford Carleton, and bound in very attractive style
from a design by Mrs. Whitman. Crown 8vo, $3.00.
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.
In the remarkable translation of Edward Fitzgerald.
With a biography of Omar Khayyam, and 56 superb illus-
trations by Elinu Vedder. Popular Edition. Crown Svo,
The Last Leaf.
By Oliver Wendell Holmes. Popular Holiday Edi-
tion. With a touching Prefatory Letter by Dr. Holmes,
and many illustrations by Hopkinson Smith and Geo.
Wharton Edwards. Crown 8vo, $1.50.
The Oliver Wendell Holmes Year Book.
Selections from Dr. Holmes' prose and poetry, for Every
Day of the Year. With a fine portrait. Attractively bound.
Little Mr. Thimblefinger, and His Queer
A delightful book for young folks (and older ones). By
Joel Chandler Harris, author of the " Uncle Remus
books. Fully and charmingly illustrated by Oliver
Herford. Square 8vo, $2.00.
The Story of a Bad Boy.
By Thomas Bailey Aldrich. Holiday Edition. With
numerous illustrations by A. B. Frost. Crown octavo,
finely printed and bound in unique style, forming an ex-
ceedingly attractive book. $2.00.
A fine Holiday Edition of one of Mrs. Wiggin's most
popular stories. Very fully and artistically illustrated by
Oliver Herford, and attractively bound. Crown Svo,
In Sunshine Land.
Poems for Young Folks. By Edith M. Thomas. Illus-
trated by Katharine Pvle. Crown Svo, handsomely
Whittier's Poetical Works.
Complete in a new Cambridge Edition. With a biograph-
ical sketch, notes, index to titles and first lines, a portrait,
and an engraving of Whittier's Amesbury home. Uniform
with the Cambridge Longfellow. Crown 8vo, gilt top,
$2.00; half calf, gilt top, $3.50; tree calf, or full levant, $5.50.
John Green leaf Whittier.
Life and Letters, by Samuel T. Pickard. With portraits
and views. 2 vols., crown Svo, gilt top, $4.00. A work
which all lovers of Whittier will welcome with peculiar
Sold by all Booksellers. Sent, post-paid, by
Houghton, Mifflin <& Co., Boston.
Frank Wood, Printer, Boston.